Obi Melifonwu is a renowned American football safety who currently plays for the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits.
Early Life and Childhood
Obi Melifonwu was born Henry-William Obiajulu Melifonwu on April 5, 1994. His birth took place in London, England. So he is currently in his 27 year while holding American citizenship. The security guard also follows Christianity and his birth sign is Aries.
Moving on to his family members, he was born to Nigerian Igbo parents. He hasn’t revealed much about her father, but his mother’s name is Tina Melifonwu. His mother is a nurse and has great respect for the sacrifices she made for her family. He also has 3 brothers and one sister.
One of his brothers, Ifeatu Melifonwu, is also a popular football cornerback. Likewise, his younger brother is Nonso Melifonwu and his older brother is Michael Melifonwu. He also moved to the United States with his family at the age of three.
Regarding his educational status, Melifonwu completed his schooling at Grafton High School. Here he played as a defender. He then attended the University of Connecticut, where he played college football. In addition, he also studied at Syracuse University and gained popularity for his defensive skills.
working life and career
Obi Melifonwu started his career in college. He was a member of the Huskies while attending the University of Connecticut. In his debut year with the squad, he started all 12 games, making 70 tackles and two interceptions. As he improved in his studies, he also improved in his games, including tackles and interceptions.
In his senior year 2016, he appeared in 13 games, starting all of them and setting a school record with 118 tackles and four interceptions. His career record with the Huskies is 351 tackles and eight interceptions, which is a staggering amount for a player his age at the time.
Obi has attended and coached with over 10 NFL teams during his college football career. He was also considered one of the top five options for best safety, with projections suggesting he will be selected by one of the clubs by the second round of the 2017 NFL draft.
However, when the draft came, he also failed in the second round and had to wait a long time before being picked up by the Oakland Raiders from Oakland. His time with the Raiders was cut short on many occasions by injuries, one of which required hip surgery, which meant he only played for a short time. Due to his injuries, he was placed on the Raiders’ injury reserve before being released in 2018.
A month after leaving the Raiders, he signed with the New England Patriots. After playing a few games, he was released by the Patriots on April 27, 2020. Similarly, on January 4, 2021, he signed a reserve contract with the San Francisco 49ers. On April 29, 2021, he was released. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on July 29, 2021. On August 9, 2021, he was suspended/injured and placed on injured reserve. He was released on September 14, 2021.
As a successful American gambler, he has made quite a satisfying amount of fortune. According to the wiki pages, Obi is currently enjoying an estimate net worth of $3.5 million.
Regarding his relationship status, he is currently in a romantic relationship with his lover Alyssa Okada. Alyssa is a fitness enthusiast. The two met while studying at the University of Connecticut. They’ve been together ever since. That’s why they’re college lovers. Alyssa has a degree in Public Relations and Communications. She mainly works in gyms and is a personal trainer. Likewise, the couple has not yet made any plans for their marriage.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Melifonwu is improving his body size and is a tall and fit guy. As an athlete, he has maintained an athletic physique. Speaking of being height and weight, he is 6 feet 4 inches or 1.93 meters tall and weighs approximately 102 kg or 224 pounds. Also, the player has black hair and a pair of brown eyes.
Considering his availability on social media, he is available on most of them. He has over a thousand followers on Facebook, more than 31.9 thousand followers on Instagram, and over 12.9k followers on his Twitter handle.