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KCMASS
06-26-2014, 09:49 PM
Guys...I'm a KC Chiefs fan on FB & someone posted about Christian Okoye. My beloved #35! I'm 48, so many of your younger guys might not completely understand. When Marty came to town, I was hopeful. The mid 70's & really most of the 80's was a complete joke. Then, we had Marty, Steve DeBerg, Christian Okoye & the BEST offensive line (of all-time IMHO) Our defensive was loaded as well. That 1990 playoff game against Miami was when I simply brokedown. I was 25 years old & I cried like a baby outside my parents home. Dave Szott (his rookie season) was called for holding, as Christian brought the ball to the 8 yard-line. Nick Lowey lined-up for a 45+ yard field goal & was "dead-on" & was short by less then a foot. I'll never forget that game. Please do me a favor & watch this Okoye video that will take 5 minutes of you life. He was a raw football player & made the best of what was given to him. Top 10 power running-backs of all-time IMHO. He only lasted 6 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP03GFffXbs

Lewis_Chiefs
06-26-2014, 09:56 PM
I'm only 22 so I obviously don't remember but I really enjoy looking over the old Chiefs videos and especially the video's of the 90's.

tornadospotter
06-26-2014, 10:18 PM
Love that running back, the Nigerian Nightmare. Wish we had him and charles together today. what a one two punch that would be.

Eydugstr
06-27-2014, 12:10 AM
Okoye was great. He was a really consistent weapon for us exactly when we needed a consistent threat. It never fails some dingbat broncos fan will always bring up the hit by Steve Atwater, but my response is always the same...That ONE hit is easier to remember than the HUNDREDS of times Okoye did it to everyone else!

My only complaint with Okoye was that he didn't catch very well. With that being said, I'd still much rather have had Christian Okoye than Harvey Williams when Montana showed up in '93.

jap1
06-27-2014, 12:20 AM
He is probably the reason I am a Chiefs fan today. I loved watching him play, and when the Raiders move out of LA (grew up in SoCal), I needed a new team, and the Nigerian Nightmare made a strong case for the Chiefs. Montana solidified the choice for me.

Does anyone else remember how much of a beast Okoye was in Tecmo Super Bowl? If he was in excellent condition, he was literally unstoppable and would just run people over. I still remember the ridiculous scores when my brother and I would play basically Bo Jackson vs. Okoye. It was basically a contest to see who could get a successful onside kick, because every possession would end in a touchdown. Your only hope to win was to recover an onside.

ctchiefsfan
06-27-2014, 02:31 AM
Like any older Chiefs fan I remember Okoye well. He was a GREAT runner. Thanks for sharing the vid KCMASS! Naturally, I have seen it many times but it is always fun to watch again.

KCMASS
06-27-2014, 09:59 AM
I think it fair to say the Chiefs has almost always had a excellent RB. I wished we could say the same for our QB's over the years. I know in my heart that 1990 season, we were destined for the Super Bowl. If we could have gotten by Miami, it would have been the NY Giants & us. I loved our coaches on Defense, Bill Cowher (DC) & Tony Dungy (DB Coach) Steve DeBerg threw for 23 TD's & 4 INT's (3 coming from one game alone) I still think DeBerg is the best play-action passer there ever was. I remember how the NFL cameras would be fooled by him, then he throw a 60+ yard bomb to Stephone Paige! I think that YouTube video really shows us what the real Christian Okoye was all about. A kind hearted-soul that didn't know much about football, but succeeded with his God-given talent.

AkChief49
06-27-2014, 10:44 PM
That clip of him in Azusa Pacific Orange and Black brought back memories. I was a Cougar from '79-'81. Never met Okoye but it's pretty cool we both (I'm sure coach Milhon did not change his routine) ran the "hill" at Hillside. Those two-a-day practices were brutal for this Alaskan!

texaschief
06-29-2014, 04:11 AM
He is probably the reason I am a Chiefs fan today. I loved watching him play, and when the Raiders move out of LA (grew up in SoCal), I needed a new team, and the Nigerian Nightmare made a strong case for the Chiefs. Montana solidified the choice for me.

Does anyone else remember how much of a beast Okoye was in Tecmo Super Bowl? If he was in excellent condition, he was literally unstoppable and would just run people over. I still remember the ridiculous scores when my brother and I would play basically Bo Jackson vs. Okoye. It was basically a contest to see who could get a successful onside kick, because every possession would end in a touchdown. Your only hope to win was to recover an onside.

This is the reason I'm a Chiefs fan today. I know it's crazy and not the way most Chiefs fans become a fan, but I was in 3rd grade at the time and this was a huge deal. I loved Okoye and still do. Okoye led to DT... who I got to meet when I found out my aunt's cousin in-law was Dino Hacket. After that, I was hooked for life.

Eydugstr
06-30-2014, 10:24 AM
Does anyone else remember how much of a beast Okoye was in Tecmo Super Bowl? If he was in excellent condition, he was literally unstoppable and would just run people over. I still remember the ridiculous scores when my brother and I would play basically Bo Jackson vs. Okoye. It was basically a contest to see who could get a successful onside kick, because every possession would end in a touchdown. Your only hope to win was to recover an onside.


This is the reason I'm a Chiefs fan today. I know it's crazy and not the way most Chiefs fans become a fan, but I was in 3rd grade at the time and this was a huge deal. I loved Okoye and still do. Okoye led to DT... who I got to meet when I found out my aunt's cousin in-law was Dino Hacket. After that, I was hooked for life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ddO5ENtus

texaschief
06-30-2014, 11:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ddO5ENtus

oh... my... god... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT. LMAO... I was in tears. 100% health with a turbo controller... and THAT is how I became a Chiefs fan. lol

I'm sorry. You all now know the unholy truth of how I became one you... :imagestore (13):

jap1
07-01-2014, 12:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ddO5ENtus

Lol!

JPPT1974
07-01-2014, 12:23 AM
Wished he would had lasted for more years. Guy was also a class act off the field as well.

ctchiefsfan
07-01-2014, 12:31 AM
DAMN! And I never even heard of Tecmo Superbowl!!!! I became a Chiefs fan MANY years ago. When I was a young pup my Dad was concerned about my masculinity because I had no interest in football, so along about when I was 9 years old he took me on a business trip to KC and bought tickets to a game. It was against the RAIDERS! Chiefs won 16-13 IIRC and I was HOOKED!!!! Chiefs fan and Raider hater ever since. The closest I have ever come to suicide was Christmas Day of '71. Jan Stenerud broke my heart that day. So now I hate the damned fish from Miami every bit as much as I do the Raiders.

ctchiefsfan
07-01-2014, 12:39 AM
KCMASS.....Thanks again for posting that. Just watched it again and it really put a big smile on my face.

KCMASS
07-01-2014, 08:34 AM
ctchiefsfan: My pleasure. It was posted on Facebook & I wanted to pass it along to everyone on these boards.

ctchiefsfan
07-01-2014, 08:47 AM
So many GREAT players from "back in the day".

Eydugstr
07-01-2014, 10:03 AM
oh... my... god... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT. LMAO... I was in tears. 100% health with a turbo controller... and THAT is how I became a Chiefs fan. lol

I'm sorry. You all now know the unholy truth of how I became one you... :imagestore (13):

YW....When jap & yourself brought that up, remembered the game. First one I ever seen with full rosters, injuries & constantly changing health statuses of players.

Chiefster
07-03-2014, 12:55 AM
Awesome...nes!