The New Orleans Saints promoted Toben Opurum from practice squad to 53 man roster.  WDW had the pleasure of speaking with Toben at the Saints TouchDown Club last night.

He is a great guy who hails from Nigeria, played his college ball at Kansas.  As a freshman, Opurum rushed for 554 yards and 9 touchdowns but began playing linebacker in his sophomore year–as a linebacker, he recorded 21 tackles and 1 sack. Following his sophomore year, he was named Academic All Big-12. As a junior, Opurum recorded 45 tackles and 4 sacks. His performance his junior year earned Opurum an honorable mention on the All Big-12 team that season and in his senior year, he recorded 41 tackles and 1 and a half sacks.

Toben Opurum

Toben Opurum

He started his professional career with the Kansas City Chiefs after going undrafted in the 2013 draft.  He played full back for the Chiefs in the preseason but did not make the regular season team.  He then cut and re-signed several times to the KC practice squad.  He traveled from there to the Houston Texans where he made it onto the practice squad before being signed to the Saints practice squad.  Toben said he has enjoyed his time in New Orleans, loves the food and the city.  He was also excited to learn about the women’s soccer game in NOLA.  As a young man, he played a lot of soccer in Nigeria.  He said he was ready if promoted from the practice squad and was encouraged so many players are developed there for the Saints.  Said he learned a lot from Austin Johnson on being a full back in the Saints system and talks with him regularly but doesn’t think he can rock the beard that Johnson does.  WDW wishes Toben the best as he chases his dream.