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Giants sign LB Bobby Okereke; 5 things to know


The Giants signed former Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke. Here are five things to know about the newest member of the team.

1. Originally a third-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Okereke (pronounced oh-ker-uh-KAY) has played 64 regular-season games with 49 starts, as well as one postseason game. The linebacker has missed just two games in his four seasons in the NFL.

2. His career numbers include 420 total tackles (293 solo), two sacks, 15 tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

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3. Okereke, 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, is coming off the strongest season of his career. He registered a career-high 151 total tackles (99 solo), including six tackles for loss, to go with his five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 17 total tackles (13 solo) against the Giants in Week 17 were a career high. Over the last two seasons, his 283 total tackles rank as the ninth-most in the NFL.

4. The 26-year-old played in 51 games at Stanford from 2015-2018 and totaled 240 tackles (114 solo), 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one interception (returned for a touchdown), one fumble recovery and one safety. He was named All-PAC-12 honorable mention in both 2017 and 2018. Okereke replaced former Giants linebacker Blake Martinez at Stanford when the latter entered the 2016 NFL Draft.

5. Born in San Mateo, California, Okereke (full name is Robert Nnanna Okereke) is first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Nigeria. During his childhood, he spent eight years as a scout and rose all the way up to his current level as an Eagle Scout. While attending Foothill High School, where he was a four-time varsity letterwinner, he performed in Carnegie Hall with his high school choir. Okereke, a management, science and engineering major at Stanford, interned under former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also received his master's degree in media studies. His cousin, Amobi Okugo, plays as a midfielder and defender for the Austin Bold FC in the USL Championship league.


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