Obafemi, We Hardly Knew You


Earlier this week, the Chicago Bears terminated the contract of Obafemi Ayanbadejo .  Ayanbadejo was signed in the offseason to help out with what is arguably Chicago’s weakest position, fullback.  Although often overlooked, in part due to an NFL that is de-emphasizing the position, the revolving door at the fullback position may be one reason that the running game struggles.Besides having a crazy name and being suspended, Obafemi’s biggest press splash was the fact that he and his brother (Brandon) would be on the same team playing together.  This allowed for some feel good stories about the family.  However, after being suspended for the first four games of the season, the Bears were not interested in keeping Obafemi Ayanbadejo on the roster.  So, he was cut before he played a single snap.

The real story here is not his suspension for for violating the league’s substance abuse policy or the lack of talent at fullback.  It’s that Obafemi really got the short end of the stick from mom and dad.  Freedom of choice is great, but how does a set of parents name one kid Brandon, and the other Obafemi?   Where is the justice there?

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