My name is Omar Conteh and I am from Houston, Texas. I graduated from Cypress Fairbanks High School in 05′. Went on to play Running Back at Northwestern University, in the BIG10. My journey has been interesting. In the beginning I had no desire to play football, I wanted to play basketball. I only played football because my boys all said I was too fast not too be a running back. So, I started playing in middle school, and moved to a new location for high school so I could be scouted. When I moved I didn’t think I’d play again until the coach asked for anybody with experience in the back field. From there it was a wrap. I handled my business on and off the field. I had a lot of love and respect in my area. Senior year came and it was time for me to make a decision-Which college would I going to go to? I was recruited by almost everyone and thought about staying close to my family in Texas. My family is real big on education so when I got letters from Duke, Standford, Harvard, and Northwestern University, along with many other Ivy league schools, I knew I was going to one of them. I took my visit to Northwestern University and felt like family-instantly.
My football journey was rough. I came in being the big dog but as soon as I got injured, I wasn’t treated the same. When I got hurt , I thought I was going to die. If it wasn’t for my mom I don’t know what would have happened. I ended up having knee problems the whole time I was at Northwestern. Getting hurt was a life lesson that I won’t forget because I had plans to go straight to the NFL. You can go through college as a star athlete and never get injured-but then again-injuries happen but shouldn’t be the end of your dreams. I always thank the Lord for helping me make a decision to go to Northwestern because education is a big part of your life. Without an education, you have nothing to fall back on. You need an education because you never know what can happen. In my case , when I was injured it and that made me focus more on my education just in case I don’t make it to the NFL. I’ll be done with my studies at Northwestern this year. I am a communications studies major and intend to do great things with my life whether football is in the picture or not.
UPDATE: Omar graduated in 2011 from Northwestern’s Master Program and is currently a web analyst specialist for Zacks Investment Research.