Rafiti Ghirmai

College bound Eritrean-American highschool football linebacker Rafiti Ghirmai.

1. Why football and not another sport? At what age did you decide that you were going to play football?

At first I wasn’t a football kind of kid. But my brother Yafet really pushed me into playing football. He made me do drills and helped me on my footwork. I also had the body to excel in the sport so I pursued it more.

2. As an Eritrean it is not very usual to see an American football player let alone a line backer, when did you decide to pursue that tough position?

I decided to be a lineman after my freshman year in high school. After gaining 70lbs and also gained 5 inches, that’s when I wanted to pursue football seriously and be committed to it.