Héctor Zepeda: the Mexican who will have the opportunity to reach the NFL thanks to the International Player Pathway

The Mexican Hector Zepeda He was chosen this Tuesday, along with 12 other players, to compete in the international Player Pathway program that gives the opportunity to reach the NFL.

Zepeda, 24, is an offensive lineman of 1.83 meters tall and 124 kilograms of weight. In Mexico he played with the Borrregos of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in the National Student Football Organization (ONEFA).

The lineman seeks to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Isaac Alarcón, who is with the Dallas Cowboys practice team and Alfredo Gutiérrez in the San Francisco 49ers, both selected through the Player Pathway.

He will be accompanied by Leandro Santos da Fonseca, linebacker for Remo Lions of Brazil; It measures 1.98 meters and weighs 172 kilograms. The Brazilian will want to emulate Sammis Reyes, the first Chilean in the NFL, who has played as a tight end for the Washington Football Team since 2021.

Will be 13 athletes from nine countries those who, starting in February, will show their skills to the talent hunters of the NFL teams looking to be signed as free agents or assigned to a practice team for the next season.

In addition to Zepeda and Santos, Marcel Dabo from Germany; Leonel Misangumukini, Austria; Souleymane Karamoko, France; Ralfs Rusins ​​from Latvia; Thomas Odukoya, The Netherlands; and the British Adedayo Odeleye, Ayo Oyelola and Bamidele Olaseni.

Also on the program will be Nigerians Kehinde Hassan Oginni, Chigbo Roy Mbaeteka and Haggai Chisom Ndubuisi.

Among the players who participated in the Player Pathway and today are part of the NFL are the German Jakob Jhonson, the Australian Jordan Mailata and the English Efe Obada.

Jhonson is a power running back who signed with the New England Patriots in 2019. In 2021 he played all 17 games of the season; records more than 1,000 yards in his three-year career.

Mailata has been a left guard for the Philadelphia Eagles since 2018 and was present in 14 games last season.

Defensive end Obada has been with the Buffalo Bills since 2021, when he played 10 games. He came to the NFL in 2015 for the Dallas Cowboys, from there he went to the Carolina Panthers in 2017.

Since 2007, this program has opened its doors to players from around the world to appear before the NFL teams.
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