Maponga Becomes First Zimbabwean To Enter Draft Pick In NFL
Stansly Maponga has made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean to make the draft pick in the competitive NFL in the US.
Maponga who chose to forego his senior year a Texas Christian Universty and put his name in the draft. He is reported to be attracting interest from the Dallas Cowboys. It is said that he is fourth or fifth round pick.
Maponga left Zimbabwe with his mother and four siblings at the age of 8. While here he loved soccer and rugby but fell in love with American Football.
ESPN profiles him this way:
Maponga was the District 6-5A Defensive Player of the Year his senior year of high school. He totaled 71 tackles, including 5.5 sacks and also had over 20 quarterback hurries. He redshirted his first year on campus. However, in 2010, he made an impact as soon as he saw the field. Maponga started 12 games and tallied 32 tackles (three for loss), 2.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. He was named second-team All-Mountain West.
Injury also hampered his 2012 season but he fully expects to make it into the NFL on the back of his never-say-die attitude. He loves ‘proving people wrong’.
We say good luck to the young man.