Amobi O.K.: Year After Coma, Okoye Back On Practice Field

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VALLEY RANCH - “Fight” and “One Day At A Time” -- the phrases have been the motto for the Dallas Cowboys these season.

Well, no player understands that concept more than Amobi Okoye. Okoye was in a medically induced coma 19-months ago, with a rare form of encephalitis.

It was supposed to be the end of his career, but Thursday, he was on the practice field for a first time as a Cowboy.

“He`s day by day,” Head Coach Jason Garrett said about Okoye's status. “The expectations are to try his best today and hopefully he can build on some of the progress he`s made.”

“It`s been real tough, you know, just knowing the fact that you might not get to do what you love to do anymore,” Okoye explained. “Having that ability to do it, now is just priceless.”

Defying expectations is nothing new for Okoye. He moved to the states from Nigeria when he was just 12, and tested straight into high school.

By 16, he was playing college ball at Louisville and became the youngest first round draft pick in NFL history in 2007.

But even Okoye had to admit, he wasn’t sure if he would overcome this hurdle.

“I mean, after you go through what I went through, you never know what the heck is going to happen later,” the defensive tackle said. “I`m just fortunate and blessed to be where I am right now.”

Well, now he’s back in pads, playing for the team with the best record in the NFL. Just goes to show, this season is full of miracles.