The Baltimore Ravens selected edge rusher Odafe Oweh with the 31st pick in the 2021 NFL draft. The Ravens could have opted to trade out of the selection and acquire a few more picks in later rounds but opted to take Oweh, who has incredible athletic tools.
At Penn State, Oweh went by his middle name, Jayson, rather than his given first name. During his introductory press conference, Oweh said he switched to Jayson because people had trouble pronouncing “Odafe.”
Oweh said he went by Jayson for a long time because Odafe was harder to pronounce (he’s of Nigerian dissent). He said he doesn’t care anymore and people are going to have to get used to it. He’s going by Odafe (O-dah-FAY) now.
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) April 30, 2021
For Oweh, his NFL career represents a new chapter in his life. Switching back to using his first name is something that’s he seemingly feels strongly about, and rightfully so. While “Odafe” might be a bit harder to pronounce than “Jayson,” it’s not that much more difficult. As Oweh said, people will have to learn how to pronounce his first name because he doesn’t care that it’s a tiny bit more complicated to say.