Olympic genes and hard work

The story of how rookie Ig­binoghene came to be a Dol­phins’ 1st-round pick

Orlando Sentinel - - Sport Tuesday -

His dad did 2,000 sit-ups and trained three times a day chas­ing his track dream around the world. His mom ran her lungs out chas­ing hers and made na­tional his­tory.

So when their old­est son was 10, his par­ents de­liv­ered a mes­sage.

“We’re not pay­ing for col­lege for you,” they told Noah Ig­binoghene, the Miami Dol­phins’ first-round draft pick.

They gave some­thing more valu­able, if used prop­erly.

“He got our genes,” his fa­ther, Fes­tus, said. “And he got our work ethic.”

Just for the mo­ment, let’s not talk about who a rookie can be or how he fits this fran­chise’s fu­ture. Let’s talk about how he got here. Be­cause if you see how Ig­binoghene ar­rived to the Dol­phins, you can see where he might go.

The genes he in­her­ited helped his par­ents to in­ter­na­tional track star­dom in their na­tive Nige­ria. Faith won a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in a sprint re­lay — the first Olympic medals in Nige­rian his­tory. Fes­tus, who also com­peted in the Olympics, won a bronze in the long jump at the 1990 Com­mon­wealth Games.

As for the work ethic:

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