Frank Okam at Houston Texans training camp in 2010.
|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||October 16, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Pine Bluff, Arkansas|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||350 lb (159 kg)|
|High school:||Dallas (TX) Lake Highlands|
|NFL draft:||2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
|Stats at NFL.com|
Franklin Nonyelu Okam, Jr. (born October 16, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.
Of Nigerian descent, Okam attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas, where he competed in football where he was an all-district, all-area, & all-state. He also competed in basketball where his team finished as Region II semifinalists. Okam also competed in track & field where was a state finalist in discus, all while holding a 3.9 GPA. As a senior at Lake Highlands, Okam achieved a 345 lb (156 kg) bench max, 500 lb (230 kg) squat max, 29 inch vertical, and an impressive 4.9 40-yard dash for a man of his size. He weighed in at 300 pounds (140 kg) on a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) frame. Okam was highly recruited as the second ranked defensive tackle in the nation, Okam received scholarship offers from Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Stanford among other universities. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Oil Bowl in which he got Defensive MVP following his senior season.
Okam Accepted A Scholarship To The University of Texas at Austin, Where he Played Defensive Tackle (Also Played Nose Tackle During His Sophomore Year) For The Texas Longhorns Football Team From 2004-2007. Okam contributed immediately as a true freshman, earning first-team Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News.
As a sophomore, he started all 13 games at Nose Tackle and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches. He made five tackles, including his first sack of the season, in Texas' 41-38 victory over USC for the 2005-06 National Championship.
After a stellar senior season, Okam finished his career at the University of Texas with 160 total tackles, 81 solo tackles with 28 tackles for a loss. In addition, Okam finished his career with 10 sacks, a forced fumble, 5 recovered fumbles, and 12 deflected passes.
He was waived on October 25, 2010.
Okam signed with the Seattle Seahawks on November 2, 2010. He was cut shortly thereafter.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He was then cut again by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug 31, 2012.
New York Giants