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British discus champ says no to NFL

Sep 28, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

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British discus champ Lawrence Okoye, who finished 12th in London, says he’s turned down offers from NFL teams so he can pursue his dream of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I’ve succeeded at everything I’ve done in life. I can’t leave the sport having not done what I came in it to do,” Okoye told the Mirror. “I see myself being world record holder and Olympic and world champion. It’s just going to take a bit of time. I think another year and I’ll be ready.”

Okoye is a 6-foot-6 nearly 300 pounds beast (all muscle) who reminds us of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. The terrifying fact is that, at only 20, the British track star might still have a growth spurt left in him.

But while Okoye could field the same offers from NFL teams in five years — he’s committed to track through the London world championships in 2017 — he’ll also look into playing pro rugby, as well as attending law school at Oxford. For now, though, he feels he has some “unfinished business.”

“Inexperience cost me,” Okoye said. “But that motivates me going forward towards Rio in 2016.”