Lawrence Okoye Biography

( 1991 - )
December 25, 2018
First published on:September 21, 2018
by Jack Ol

Facts of Lawrence Okoye

Date of Birth: 1991, October 6
Age: 28 years old
Birth Nation: United Kingdom

Lawrence Okoye is a British track and field athlete who also plays Canadian football as a defensive tackle for Montreal Alouettes. He has played rugby union and is a British record holder in the discus event.


Okoye was signed to various NFL teams for their practice squad but has never made a debut in the NFL pre-seasonal or seasonal playoffs. He has an estimated net worth of about $500,000. He is currently married to his wife Philippa Okoye

Lawrence Okoye's Early Life

Lawrence Okoye was born on 6 October 1991, in South London. His father is Lawrence Okoye Sr who is a Nigerian. He attended St Mary's Roman Catholic Junior School and later went to Whitgift School. He played rugby union as a winger during his time at Whitgift School. He became a member of the academy teams of both London Irish and London Wasps.

Lawrence Okoye enrolled in the St Peter's College JCR and graduated from there. He has been offered by the University of Oxford to Study law.

Lawrence Okoye's Career Life

Lawrence Okoye has always been an athletic person. In September of 2010, he began to train full-time for the discus event. His first international outing was at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics where he placed sixth in the discus throw. The following year of 2011, he won a gold medal at the European Athletics U23 Championships. Later on the season, he threw a new British record of 67.63m at the McCain Jumps & Throws Fest.

Okoye reached the final with a throw of 65.28m in the 2012 Summer Olympics. However, he finished the competition with a twelfth place with a throw of 61.03 m. He was disappointed with his placing in the final.

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Despite never having played American football at school or University, Lawrence Okoye stated that he wished to play in the NFL. Many teams showed interest in him and in April of 2013, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. He was added to the practice squad but later was waived in order for the 49ers to make the 53-man roster.

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After his release from the 49ers, Okoye was picked by many teams, which includes teams like the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and the Miami Dolphins. However, all the teams put him on their practice squad and released him before he could make any plays in the field. He never made his NFL debut.

On 18 September 2017, Lawrence Okoye was signed by Montreal Alouettes which had players like Rakeem Cato of the Canadian Football League to their practice squad. He made it to the active roster of the team and made his first CFL debut on 29 September. One month later, he was released by the team. He was then re-signed by the Alouettes on 19 May 2018.

Lawrence Okoye's Personal Life

Lawrence Okoye is a married man. He married his longtime girlfriend, Philippa Okoye in August of 2014. The two are still married to this day but they have not had any children of their affair.



Phillippa who is British is white by ethnicity. 

His spouse Phillippa is a lawyer and financial adviser by profession. In 2015, Philippa sued her former employer for racial and sexual harassment.

Lawrence Okoye's Net Worth

The net worth of Lawrence Okoye is not known at the moment but is reported to be about $500,000. His career earnings for his short time in NFL is reported to be $490,000.

His salary at the start of his career in 2013 was reported to be $288,000.

Okoye's Salary Details:

Year Salary
2013 $288,000
2014 $107,100
2015 $136,800
2016 $41,400


He never played in the official matches, but was part of the practice squad and seems to have had a significant salary during that time. However, any further information about his current career earnings remains a mystery.

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