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NFL Draft: First-round pick’s parents both Olympians

Noah Igbinoghene NFL Draft

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Noah Igbinoghene seated, reacts during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Trussville, Ala. Igbinoghene was selected by the Miami Dolphins. (NFL via AP)


Noah Igbinoghene, the Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick in the NFL Draft, has Olympians as parents.

Igbinoghene, an Auburn cornerback taken 30th overall, is the son of Nigerian Olympic track and field athletes who also competed for SEC schools.

Igbinoghene’s mother, Faith Idehen, earned bronze in the 1992 Olympic 4x100m. That group earned the first medals for Nigerian women. Their celebration was also went down in history -- after a scoreboard-watching wait, they shrieked, jumped and group-hugged.

His father, Festus, placed 35th in the triple jump at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Faith ran for Alabama. Festus jumped for Mississippi State.

Noah jumped for Auburn for two seasons, placing eighth in the long jump at the 2019 SEC Championships.

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