Noor Hamadi is the Omaha South High School Football Team's starting kicker/punter. He told WOWT 6 News Friday that he never imagined playing football. In fact, he said just 7 years ago, he had no idea what football even was.
That's because the 17-year-old senior grew up, until he was 10, in Kenya. While there, Hamadi said he played a lot of soccer. When he came to the United States he immediately asked to attend a football practice, but quickly realized football in America is much different than in Kenya.
"I went to tryouts ready to play I see an oval shaped ball I started crying," he said. Hamadi explained he didn't know what to think after realizing he was at a football practice, not a soccer practice.
"Kicking the ball I didn’t know I could do it until I tried it and it went pretty far. I punted it and then they told me to come out and be a kicker and I was like why not?" he said.
This is Hamadi's first year playing for Omaha South, and since he is a Senior, it will be his last. He also plays soccer for the school, but during the football season, plays soccer for a local club team. He told WOWT 6 News after graduation he hopes to attend and play soccer at either UNO, Creighton, or Penn State.