All In The Family
Nov. 3, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
By Couper Sorenson / USU Athletic Media Relations
Family and football brought Washington Igboeli to Utah State.
Igboeli has a passion for the game of football. It is his love for the game and following his older brother Paul Igboeli that brought him to Utah State.
"I love everything about the game, it's something that my brother and I have been doing our entire life. I love this game," states Igboeli.
Igboeli came to Utah State to capitalize on a rare opportunity, for the chance to not only play Division I college football, but to be able to play with his brother.
"I got the chance to play with my older brother and I couldn't turn it down. It was one of the coolest things I've ever done," claimed Igboeli, who is majoring in human movement science with an exercise science emphasis and on pace to graduate this spring.
Last season was one of great memories and great experiences for Washington and Paul.
"The most memorable moment of my football career was getting to go to the Texas A&M game, I was able to see my family for the first time in a year. It was also a good game," said Igboeli of the experience.
The Grand Prairie, Texas native rarely sees his family, making his relationship with his brother priceless to him.
"Paul is my roommate, so we see a lot of each other, most of the time we just hang out together and watch football," said Igboeli.
The season is now drawing to a close for the senior safety, but he continues to work hard to leave his fingerprints on the team.
"There are a lot of seniors on this team this year and we are all trying to send the message that it's going to be the younger guys time to step up and play. I'm always telling them to put the work in now, to be able to help in the future," said Igboeli.
Young teammates of Igboeli know that the goal coming into the season was to go to a bowl game. Igboeli continues to reiterate and reinforce those goals.
"Our goal was to get to a bowl game and that's what we had hoped to do. We still have four games left and we are hoping to win all four to finish the season on a high note," Igboeli said.
Besides his younger teammates, Igboeli has also left his impression on the current coaching staff.
"Washington is a lead by example person, he is great in the classroom, he is on time to everything, and has shown our younger players how to do things the right way," said USU defensive coordinator and safeties coach Bill Busch.
While he hasn't played much to get the opportunity to leave his mark on the field, Igboeli's efforts off the field in the meeting rooms and locker room are noticed by the coaches.
"Washington will continue to leave his impression on the team through the remainder of this season and many others," Busch said.
Of the games remaining on the schedule, Igboeli has one highlighted on his calendar a little more than the others.
"The Boise State game is a big game, it's the last game of the season and we will be playing all out. We are a team that loves to play when everyone is watching, we will play well," said Igboeli.
Football is normally just a game, but to Igboeli it means time as a family with his teammates. Some of those teammates Igboeli has been the big brother to, applying lessons he learned from his older brother, all becoming better football players, better people and better Aggies.