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6 things you didn't know about Germain Ifedi

Chicago Bears
17 Sep 2020, 16:37 GMT+10

Nathan Smith

(1) He's the youngest of four brothers.

Ifedi is the youngest child of Nigerian immigrants, Ben and Victoria Ifedi. His oldest brothers, Ben and Valentine, work as a doctor and an information systems manager, respectively. The brother closest to him in age, Martin, played defensive end for the Memphis Tigers and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round of the 2015 draft.

He considers his older brothers to be his most influential role models.

"I couldn't get enough of following them around growing up," said Ifedi. "I get a lot of my personality from those three guys. I think their personalities kind of make up a part of who I am. I came last, so I could sit back and learn from those guys."

(2) He's lukewarm on the Netflix adaptation of his favorite childhood book series.

Ifedi is an avid reader and a holds a lasting affection for Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

"It's an off-the-wall kind of book," said Ifedi. "Not in a bad way. It's definitely better than a lot of the books you read growing up."

However, he couldn't quite get into the Netflix adaptation that debuted in 2017.

"I didn't get through it," said Ifedi. "It kind of leaves out a lot of the detail. I should go back and watch a few more of them."

(3) He spent four months committed to play college football at Missouri, but Texas A&M was always his first choice.

Ifedi committed to the Tigers at the end of his junior year in high school. However, as his stock took off, he waited for an offer from the Aggies.

"From the beginning, when high school recruiting started, A&M was always out front for me," said Ifedi. "As long as I got an offer from them in a timely fashion, it was going to be an easy decision for me."

There was something of a pipeline between Texas A&M and Ifedi's high school, Westside High School in Houston. Around the same time period, the Aggies also pulled in future WNBA player Sydney Colson and future MLB pitcher Daniel Mengden.

"The thing about A&M is that it's only 90 minutes [outside] of Houston at worst," said Ifedi. "It's pretty close to the city, but it's still a legitimate college town. The allure to go to College Station is high, especially for kids from inner-city Houston."

(4) He loves older music.

Ifedi doesn't have anything against new music, but when asked what songs he has listened to the most in his life, he names "September" by the band Earth, Wind & Fire and "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead, which were released in 1978 and 1979, respectively.

"Music these days is good," said Ifedi, " but the sound back then was really unmatched."

(5) He majored in Construction Science at Texas A&M

Ifedi had his sights on the NFL, but he took his backup plan seriously.

"I've always been attracted to construction, just how buildings go up," said Ifedi. "I would say it's always been intriguing for me."

Due to an offseason internship, Ifedi was able to take part in the renovation of Texas A&M's Kyle Field before his junior season.

(6) His favorite TV Show is set in Chicago

Ifedi is a serial binge-watcher and gives "Breaking Bad" and "24" high marks. However, Showtime's dark comedy "Shameless" tops his list.

Since his time in Chicago has overlapped with COVID-19 restrictions, he hasn't been able to spend enough time in Chicago to see the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood, where the series is filmed.

"I haven't been able to get into the city a bunch," said Ifedi. "You know, there's a lot of shows based in Chicago, which you don't really realize, but it's probably my favorite one based out here."

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