November 27, 2011; Vancouver, BC, Canada; BC Lions players pose with the Grey Cup after defeating Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34-23 at BC Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

Olafioye And The Failed Physical


Some of you may remember a few months ago when we discussed the Rams signing Canadian Football League offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye. Olafioye was a guy who plenty of NFL teams liked, and it looked like a pretty good move for a team in need of depth on the line. Then, Olafioye failed his physical and was released by the Rams, and that was the last we heard of him. That it until Tuesday, when Howard Balzer wrote on his website that Olafioye reportedly failed his physical due to “Hypertension/high blood pressure.”

“I stopped taking my medication,” Olafioye recently told the Vancouver Sun. “Me, just being young, thinking about the workouts, I thought I would be all right if I just ate right. I thought, ‘I should be good.’ Was I trying to do the right thing, and it turned out not to be the right thing? Exactly. I’m taking my meds now and staying away from things like red meat. I’m eating lots of salads.”

He is back in Vancouver preparing for the upcoming season with the CFL’s B.C. Lions, and he will attempt to head to the NFL next season. This whole thing seems very strange to me, and while I would have liked to see what the guy has at the NFL level, I don’t think it’s any kind of enormous loss. I can understand why he would stop taking his meds in that situation, but like he said, it turned out to be the wrong move. I’m sure NFL people will be keeping an eye on him during this season in the CFL, and if he has another season like he did in 2011, he will be making the move to a new league next year.

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