Q&A: Uchenna Nwosu

From Del Amo Park to the Chargers

Homegrown Player, Playing at Home

Q: Congratulations on being drafted by the Chargers! What was it like getting that phone call on draft day?


A: It was literally the best feeling in the world! Words really can’t describe how I felt. I was just happy I got the call I’d
been hoping for.


Q: We’re guessing there will be a lot of Nwosu jerseys in the stands at StubHub on Sundays. Describe what it will be like playing your home games right here in Carson.


A: It will be very exciting. I can’t wait to be able to play football in my home town. My family will easily be able to come to my games, which means a lot to me, and I know I’ll receive a lot of support from fans. I feel very blessed and grateful to play where I grew up.


Q: We understand you spent some time playing at Del Amo Park. Tell us a little about what your childhood in Carson was like. Any favorite memories?


A: My childhood in Carson was pretty entertaining. I played a lot of sports, including basketball, football, and soccer. I spent most of my childhood running around Del Amo Park. I even played flag football there at one time. All of my best childhood memories were spent right here in Carson.


Q: Who was your favorite athlete when you were growing up? What did you admire about him/her?
A: My favorite athlete was Kobe Bryant. I admired how committed he was to the game, how good he was, and how
hard he played.


Q: Who are some of the positive influences in your life? How did they help shape you?


A: My dad is a major positive influence in my life. He taught me what it’s like to be a man and he always led by example. He taught me the value of hard work and setting goals for myself. I could not have made it through college and to the NFL without his support.


Q: Do you have any favorite restaurants here in Carson?


A: Carson Buffet is one of my favorite restaurants in Carson. My family went there frequently while I was growing up.
 

Q: What can football fans expect from you on the field?


A: Football fans can expect a player who’s going to give them everything that he’s got to help them win a Super Bowl.
 

Q: Off the field, how do you plan to engage with the community? Are there any causes or charities that are near and dear to your heart?


A: I hope to get involved with charities for diabetes. I would also like to set up youth football camps in Carson. I recently volunteered with some local kids at a football camp and I would like to continue doing that kind of work in my own city.


Q: What message do you have for the kids growing up in Carson?


A: Stay humble and stay out of trouble. Focus on your passion in life. Listen to your parents. Those are the same  messages that got me where I am today.

Interview conducted by Dani Cook for the Carson Report

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