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BALLIN’: Zimbabwean FootBaller, STANSLY MAPONGA Goes PRO & UP For the 2013 NFL Draft!

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Love this amazing story about Zimbabwean footballer, Stanlsy Maponga, a student at Texas Christian University. The University senior has decided to go pro & is up for the 2013 NFL draft!

Apparently Stansly’s decision hinged on two very important women in his life: his four month old daughter and his mother, Barbara Green. His mom brought him and four other siblings to the United States from Zimbabwe.

On his decision to go pro:

“The whole family was behind me when I made that decision for me to get out. It kind of took me a little longer than I thought it would just to make sure that I made the right decision for me and my family.

On the reason why he is going pro:

“Just watching her [his mother] day in and day out and just watching her struggle. Sometimes she’d get sick and sometimes she’d go to the hospital, and the doctors were telling her that she’s working too hard. She needs to lay off a little bit. She’s a hard-working woman, and she didn’t care about her health; as long as we were living good, she was good, too.”

On his love for American football:

“Since seventh grade, I’ve been loving it. Just loving the game, the violence. It takes my mind off stuff. It’s just crazy, man.”

On how his injury may affect his NFL draft:

I don’t feel any pain, but word around the league right now is that my bone is kind of soft right now and it might not break right now, but it might break later. So I’ve got to set up an appointment with Dr. Anderson. There’s going to be ups and downs, but you’ve just got to be thankful for being in this situation. They’re supposed to put a screw in there. I didn’t end up putting a screw in there because my bone healed perfectly, and it hasn’t given me any issues.”

Even though becoming a top 100 pick as a defensive end or a linebacker is certainly not out of the question for Stansly, his stock has dropped due to the injury:

“I’m not mad at them for that, but for me, I love proving people wrong. People tell me I can’t do this or I can’t do that. It’s been happening to me since I was in high school.”

On how is Communications degree will be used after football:

“You can do various stuff, maybe SportsCenter… you never know, we’ll see,”

Check it:

Zimbabwe stand up!


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