February 6, 2012
It’s a long road from Monrovia, Liberia to Lawrenceville, Georgia. And it’s an even longer road from the small practice field at Troy University in South Alabama to the big stadiums of the National Football League. But it’s not impossible. And a hard journey is a welcome friend for defensive lineman Jonathan Massaquoi, originally from West Africa, who has already gone from Butler County Community College freshman to solid NFL prospect in only three years.
Along the way, Massaquoi has amassed a slew of achievements and awards, including 39 sacks, 48.5 tackles for loss, and recognition as first team All Sun Belt Conference for both of his years at Troy. Now, Massaquoi looks to carry on the tradition established by his cousin, Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, as well as fellow Troy football alums DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora, by making his mark in the NFL.