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Stephane Nembot: From The African Village To The NFL by Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens training camp will be tough, but it won’t hold a candle to offensive tackle Stephane Nembot’s childhood summers in the village. It was then that Nembot, with spears and ropes in hand, trapped antelope, pigs and countless other meals in rural Cameroon (Africa). Yes, Nembot (name-bot) is a trained tribesman. He grew up in the city of Douala, but his mother hails from the Cameroonian tribe of Bafoussam and his father is from Bangoua. Each summer, it was mandatory that he split his time between their native villages. “You train in the ways of the tradition so you can pass it down from generation to generation,” Nembot said. “My mom’s side is a lot more severe. They don’t mess around.” Nembot’s story has taken him from those countryside playgrounds to America, where he came as a high schooler to play basketball but ended up being persuaded into playing football – a sport he had never even heard of. Now Nembot is trying to keep the journey alive. He’s one of 12 undrafted rookies vying to make the Ravens’ 53-man roster. At least one undrafted rookie has made the team for 12 straight years. Nembot may not have the best chances among those in his class, but he may have the best story.