Reggae legend Bob Marley’s grandson, Nico Marley, signed a contract with the Washington Redskins NFL football team reports The Washington Times. Nico Marley played college football at Tulane University and was a star linebacker for the private school in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was first-team All-American Athletic Conference, as well, and is the Tulane Green Wave all-time leader in tackles for loss. He also led the team in tackles last year with 88.
The 5′ 8″ Marley weighs in at 200 pounds, which is small for a NFL linebacker. He went undrafted in the 2016 draft but fortunately was invited to tryout this past weekend at the Redskin’s rookie minicamp held in Ashburn, Virginia. He performed at a high enough level for the team to offer him a spot on their roster, along with two other players.
The free agent signing does not insure that Marley will be on the final starting roster. As with all NFL teams, they will make repeated cuts to their roster over the summer to arrive at the final 53 player roster from an off season number of 90. He is excited to show that he can “prove himself” in the NFL, despite his small size.
“My family and I are extremely grateful to the Washington Redskins organization,” Marley tweeted. ” … For giving me this opportunity to prove myself in minicamp … All I’ve ever needed was a chance to prove myself. Been hearing I’m ‘too small’ my whole life and that won’t ever stop me.”
ESPN reported that Marley spent the offseason learning the strong safety position, which is more aligned with his size for the NFL. At the minicamp, he played at the linebacker position he played at Tulane.
Nico’s father, Rohan Marley, played at linebacker for the Hurricanes at University of Miami (Florida) alongside Dwayne Johnson, Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis. He also played a stint in the Canadian Football League.
Watch this Sports Illustrated feature video on Nico and his father Rohan: