By Michael Rand
The apology — which wasn’t necessary — is in hand. As an atonement for doing the Fuad Reveiz Hunt Down Double Up yesterday, Stu has handed in a make-up assignment on another ex-Vikings kicker, Donald Igwebuike. He wore No. 4, apparently. Stu?
The Huntdown Bonus Session
Name: Donald Igwebuike
Nickname, US: Iggy. I also recall Jerry Burns calling him “the little kicker” when he couldn’t remember Igwebuike’s name at a press conference.
Nickname, Nigeria: Stone.
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: the Vikings placekicker in 1990. Perhaps better known for an Embarrassing Off-Field Incident® involving allegations of heroin trafficking that same year. Was found not guilty, but he never kicked in the NFL again. He did kick for the Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League (remember when those hosers did that?) in 1994.
Claim to Fame, US: broke into the league with the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985. Is a member of the Jolly Roger Hall of Fame, whatever that is.
Claim to Fame, Nigeria: was apparently a top-flight soccer player before coming to the US, per Cybereagles, a website devoted to Nigerian soccer.
Where He Is Now: in a kind of bitter place, and it’s hard to blame him. In a remarkably thorough interview with the aforementioned website, he’s asked about his legal troubles:
Cybereagles: Are you still friends with Ibezim Ofoedu and other Nigerians who testified against you in that ordeal?
Igwebuike: Ibezim was the only Nigerian that testified against me. I am not his friend and I do not intend to be. I don’t want him in my life. Yes, I am bitter. It cost me my career and ruined my name.
Glorious Randomness: For you kids trying to remember your African countries for an upcoming test, here’s a helpful memory device: Donald Igwebuike is from Nigeria; non-existent yellowcake uranium that was used to sell the nation on a disastrous war was from Niger. Show your work!
Talk Amongst Yourselves: Donald Igwebuike kinda got screwed, didn’t he?