Okoye wants to match Williams' second-year jump

August, 14, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

 
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 At 19, Amobi Okoye was the youngest player ever to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Spent some time recently with Amobi Okoye and squeezed in a quick five questions:

Mario Williams showed us a heck of a second-year jump. You had a very good rookie season. What kind of second-year jump can we expect from you?

Amobi Okoye: When you look at a guy like Mario and see what a season he had coming from his first to his second year, you want to do something better than that. It would be wrong to not want to be on the same level, because then you're not a competitive person.

How excited are you about your foundation and the trip you made back to Nigeria this spring?

AO: It's a blessing for me to be able to give back to the community and society. I feel like it's my duty, it's my privilege. It's what I am supposed to do. A foundation is the best way for me to do that. Things have been going real good and hopefully I can keep reaching out to little ones, letting them know if I can do it, you can do it too. My goal is to create hope and opportunity for youth, there and here.

You still feel young? So much was made about how young you were coming into the league. Now, at 21, are you still 'young?'

AO: I still feel young, yeah.

Who's an unknown on this team who's going to be a hit?

AO: Man, we've got so many of those. I've got to pick one? Geez, it's hard. Probably C.C. Brown, our safety. He's quiet but he's a safety that gets the job done.

What's your connection with LeBron James?

AO: I haven't spoken to him in a while. They're over there with Team USA for the Olympics. I'm looking forward to them bringing back the gold. I got to know him through Nike and a mutual friend. We talked about being the youngest in our professions and how to handle it. Then, obviously, we talked like people of the same age talk.

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