RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The player with the most famous name at Washington Redskins training camp isn’t running away from his roots.
Nico Marley is an undrafted 5-foot-8 rookie linebacker. More notably, he’s a grandson of Jamaican musician Bob Marley and doesn’t mind when teammates, coaches or even strangers want to talk about it.
“Bob touched every nation of the world, he touched every region of the world,” Marley said. “Everybody has their own experience, and everybody has their own story about Bob. It’s not something I (consider a) burden, it’s something I embrace.”
Born 14 years after his grandfather’s death, Nico is also the son of former University of Miami linebacker Rohan Marley. A four-year starter at Tulane and an all-conference player his final two seasons, the undersized defender is now trying to make his own impression on the Redskins.
So far it’s working. Coach Jay Gruden said Marley “made almost every tackle” in college and saw the same at his rookie minicamp tryout, enough to warrant signing him.
“If anybody deserves a chance to crack the roster, it’s somebody who’s that productive,” Gruden said Monday. “He really hasn’t disappointed us, man. He’s been running around here, making good plays and he’s very smart.”
Marley stands out on the practice field because he’s 5-8 if you count his hair. Yet the 22-year-old boasts the mentality that no one is bigger than him and calls himself “a lion.”
“I think it’s more where he’s from, that Jamaican that’s in him,” said running back Rob Kelley, who played with Marley at Tulane. “They always…
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