TAMPA – The Buccaneers are going international.
No, they’re not going across the pond to London to play a game or heading down south across the border to play in Mexico City. But they are adding a player to their roster from overseas.
As part of an NFL’s Player Pathway Program, an initiative designed to expose foreign football players to the NFL, Eric Nzeocha will be a part of the Bucs practice squad during the 2017 season.
Nzeocha began playing football for the Franken Knights youth team in Neusitz, Germany, and was selected for the German national junior team, according to the Buccaneers. He’s no stranger to America, however.
Nzeocha also spent three years playing at the University of Wyoming, where he started out as a tight end but then made the move to linebacker before the 2015 season.
It is uncertain where exactly Nzeocha will play with the Buccaneers, though its’ possible he will follow in the footsteps of his brother Mark, who is a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys.
“It is overwhelming, one of the greatest moments of my life,” Nzeocha told the Bucs. “(Playing in the NFL) has been my dream since I started playing football at the age of 14.
“When they told me this was happening I was overwhelmed. I am looking forward to it so much. It’s unreal.’’
In addition to the Bucs, each of the other four teams in the NFC South will also have a foreign player on their practice squads this year as part of the NFL’s Player Pathway program.