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Getting to know Millionaire Fullback Ovie Mughelli

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28 year old is single, handsome, the highest paid in the NFL and one of its hardest working athletes. In an interview with Vibes Magazine’s for the Jan/Feb 2009 Issue, Mughelli talks about his experience growing up in the US with parents, their cultural differences and some of the challenges he had to overcome to become one of the best fullbacks in the NFL.

The Interview Preview:

Amabel Niba: Did you feel any different from the African American kids?

Ovie Mughelli: I always knew I was different from the African American kids. My mother would usually say “you are not like everyone else. You are an African child”. Some of the things that the other kids could do, I wasn’t allowed to do.

Amabel Niba: You took a tough journey and are now the highest paid Fullback in the NFL. Did you ever doubt yourself?

Ovie Mughelli: I doubted myself in college. Wake Forest was a very distinguished school. I was the only football player there who tried to go Premed. I was taking all the hard classes such as Organic Chemistry, Biology… I even took Anatomy. The students in the class were not athletes so they had twice as much time to study; to prepare and to be involved in the class. Being a student athlete, I didn’t have as much time. I was flying to Texas, New York … all over the place to play games and then I had to practice. It was difficult for me. I would go to class sometimes, tired and sleepy drinking coffee trying to stay awake. I would sit in the class for an hour and have no idea what the teacher was saying yet the test was tomorrow.

There are times when I would say “Am I even good enough to try to be a doctor like my Dad? Am I even good enough to be a Premed student? The stuff is so hard. I can’t even understand it.” Whenever I got into situations like that, I would go back to what my parents taught me as a child. I would look at everyone in the class and say “If these people can do it, I can do it too. I just have to work hard. There is no reason I can’t do it. I just need to calm down, work harder, get more help and properly schedule my time.” Time management is what my parents preach. That’s how they got to where they are today. I had to cut out the partying, cut out hanging out with girls so I could spend more time on my major which was Sports Medicine. If I wanted to be good, I had to work at it.

The same thing goes to football. When I got into the NFL, I doubted myself so much. I thought to myself “I was good in College. I was actually great in college but can I make it in the NFL? The guys are so big and so fast.” You had Guys like Ray Lewis … I could beat linebackers in college but in the NFL, the line backers were monstrous. They were beastly. They had veins popping out of their arms. They were like gladiators with red eyes. That’s how they seemed to me at the time; Like these immortal monsters. I felt like there was no way little old me could block them. I remember going up against Ray Lewis who is a perennial pro baller and one of the best in the league and he knocked me down. I went up again and he knocked me down. I got up again the third time and he knocked me down. It took every bit of courage that I had, to get up again and say you know what? I’m going to keep on coming at this guy full speed until I knock him down. It took me a couple of weeks of getting into the weight room working out and working on my technique but eventually I was able to not get knocked down. Soon I was able to hold my own and push him back.

It’s just about working at it. I would never have gotten to the point where I could knock him down, where I could take on any linebacker and feel like one of the best at what I do if I had given up. It’s all about persistence, sticking to it and not giving up on yourself because if you give up on yourself you will not have a chance to know how good you really are.

Read the entire interview in the upcoming digital and print edition of the African Vibes Magazine coming out January 1st 2009.

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  1. Pamela Blair

    January 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I would like to know what type of women are you interested in? I am a 6’0 foot full figure women with curves in all of the right places. Where would I stand, and please be honest.

  2. Tracie Sawyer

    February 17, 2009 at 4:50 am

    My question is not that much different. What type of women are interested in? 5’6 150 lbs I don’t consider myself very curvy but others do. I am a very determined woman I don’t like depending on others.

  3. Valarie

    February 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Hello there Mr Mughelli…i wont bore you with my height, weight,etc…….what are your interests in life besides helping disadvantaged youth in your community?
    Truly, Val

  4. Valarie

    February 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Hello there Mr Mughelli…i wont bore you with my height, weight, etc…………what are your interests in life besides helping disadvantaged youth in your community?

  5. brielle

    February 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    hey mughelli,
    trying to get a god father to put me through to hollywood and bring out my african acting talent .do you think you can help? anyways i have been trying to do some auditionings out here in baltimore md and they have been very fruitful but as of now i just need the right door to knock on
    looking forward to hearing from
    brielle peace

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