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          Spartan Spotlight: Obinna Nwanna

          Greg Meyer

          Issue date: 4/23/10 Section: Sports
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          Obinna Nwanna is a dual athlete, running decathlons for the men's track and field team, while running routes as wide receiver for his intramural flag football team. Nwanna, who hails from Maumee, Ohio, is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.



          Greg Meyer: What inspired you to run track?

          Obinna Nwanna: I needed something to do after school to keep me off the streets.

          GM: Ahh yes, the streets. They be callin'. What are some of your hobbies?

          ON: You might see me in class during my free time.

          GM: Pain in the ass isn't it? What are some of your athletic honors?

          ON: Have you heard of a little thing called the Stanley Cup?

          GM: Impressive. You can run, jump, throw, skate, and puck handle? You really are an All-American. What are some of your academic honors?

          ON: Eventually turning in my SAGES portfolio.

          GM: Get on it man, they give you free Oreos when you do. What is your best sports memory?

          ON: Freshman year, it was the championship flag football game. We scored a touchdown on the very last play of the game to put us in the lead.

          GM: Pretty awesome feeling huh? What was your worst sports memory?

          ON: Having that touchdown called back because of an offsides. Then going on to lose the game. I've been in a spiraling depression ever since.

          GM: See you at the bottom of the bottle brother. What is your favorite quote?

          ON: "We all go pro in something other than sports."

          GM: Are you going to wear your track spikes under your lab coat like in the commercial? Or maybe pack a javelin in your briefcase to handle office disputes? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

          ON: Pro in sports.

          GM: Well maybe you can wear scrubs to the Olympics and really break the mold. Would you rather have the strength of 1000 men, be able to fly, or be invisible?

          ON: Invisiblity so I wouldn't have to wear clothes. But what's really stopping me now?

          GM: The track shorts are close enough man. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

          ON: James Earl Jones.

          GM: With or without the mask and emphysema? If you could be a girl for a day, what would you do?

          ON: I would earn 70 cents for every dollar I currently make. Society still has a long way to go.

          GM: Ok, Debbie Downer. What's the one thing that most people don't know about track?

          ON: Everything is rigged.

          GM: So when are you going to pony up for a national championship. What goes through your mind during a race?

          ON: Make sure your shoes stay on.

          GM: Seems pretty easy. Who is the best athlete you've ever competed with and why?

          ON: Greg Coopermann. He has the uncanny ability of passing a football exactly where I was.

          GM: Finish this sentence: The decathlon is like a girl…

          ON: The decathlon is like a girl because it is a two day athletic event starting with the 100m dash, long jump, shotput, high jump and 400m dash and finishing with the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500m run.

          GM: I have no idea where you are going with that, but it sounds awful. Any insight on how the season is going so far?

          ON: Well, flag football has been over for a few months now. The season ended with routine dis\sapointment.

          GM: I'm sure that is of the utmost importance to Coach Rubin. Obinna Nwanna everyone.
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