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Hails from: Virginia
Occupation: Professional football player
So, first the good news: Over the weekend, 6’5″, 309 lbs. (no, that is not a typo) offensive tackle Ed Wang became the first Chinese American player drafted into the NFL.
As a Chinese American, a Wang, and a lifelong football fan, I weep for joy.
Now, the bad: He’s going to the Bills.
As a Chinese American, a Wang, and a lifelong football fan who’s always considered the Bills the whipping boy of the NFL–they last went to the playoffs in ’99, they’ve never won a championship, and they hold the dubious distinction of being the only team who’s gone to (and lost) four consecutive Super Bowls–I just weep.
Ah, well…two steps forward, one step back!
To learn more about Ed Wang, watch the video below. His parents Robert and Nancy are former Chinese Olympians–dad was a high-jumper, mom was a hurdler–and they’re cute as all get out. In that Hardass Asian Parent way, of course. Choice quote from Ed’s dad:
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Hails from: Jamaica
Occupation: Oregon Ducks football player
Why He’s a Babe: Because the 21 year-old Jamaisian (father is half-Chinese, half-Jamaican, mother is Jamaican) emerged during this year’s Senior Bowl as an NFL draft prospect to watch. And because Chung, who plays at the safety position, is strong, compact, and fast, labeled one of the eight “baddest” college football players in the country. Also, Jamaisians, like Tyson Beckford and Naomi Campbell, are just plain hawt. We only hope that Chung consulted with some of his Hardass Jamaisian Relatives before getting that tat on his right bicep, so it isn’t uglifying that beautiful strong arm with utter nonsense.
Occupation: Football player
Known for: Trojans football, yo. Winning the 2008 Chuck Bednarik award for being the best college defensive player in the country (middle linebacker, to be exact), as well as being named an All-American. Often getting compared to our boyfriend and fellow USC alum and Samoan, Troy Polamalu. Emerging as one of the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft during Senior Bowl workouts last week because of his speed and “agility in space,” scout-speak for phenomenal quarterback-face stuffing capabilities.
Rumor has it that Rey might go to the Detroit Lions, who finished 0-16 in 2008–a dubious first–and have the first draft pick. In which case, Rey will have his work cut out for him, and no time to embarrass himself by bumping and grinding with sideline reporters…not exactly a “win-win,” but a good thing all and all.