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Chargers LB Amen Ogbongbemiga drafted 8th-overall in 2021 CFL Draft

The Nigerian-born linebacker and his family moved to Calgary when he was 11 years old.

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Earlier this week, the Canadian Football League held their annual draft just three days following the NFL’s and there was a notable Chargers undrafted free agent that found his way into the top-10.

With the eighth-overall pick, the Calgary Stampeders selected linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga out of Oklahoma State. The two-time Second-Team All-Big 12 selection was one of 10 undrafted players to sign with the Bolts following the NFL draft and he’s already one of my favorites to make the initial 53-man roster.

Ogbongbemiga was in Nigeria and spent some time in Houston before his family moved to Calgary in 2011. He played his high-school ball at local Notre Dame High School.

Should Ogbongbemiga fail to stick with the Chargers, he’ll have an excellent opportunity to return to the town he grew up in and play for the Stampeders. The team understands the risk they took when selecting him so they had to be okay with him possibly never making it to the CFL if all things work out for him in the states.

In 2019, Ogbongbemiga was given the team’s Leslie O’Neal Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award after 100 total tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss, and five sacks to go along with an interception and a forced fumble.