Eze Obiora signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL

    Eze Obiora signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

    Eze Obiora signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
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    May 3, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois defensive end Eze Obiora signed a free-agent contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, the school announced on Friday.

    Obiora tied for the team lead in sacks in 2012 with 8.0 and had 12 tackles for loss. A former rugby player and native of Manchester, England, Obiora came to the United States in 2008 with the express goal of learning to play football and turning it into a career. He walked on at Purdue, but never played for the Boilermakers, transferring instead to the College of DuPage, where he had 14 sacks in 2010.

    "A lot of NFL teams told me they weren't sure if I could play linebacker," said the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Obiora. "In the CFL, the field is wider, it's three downs and a lot of passing. Pass-rushing and running around is my game, so it's a good fit for me."

    Training camp begins on May 28 and the regular-season starts in June.