KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska-Kearney defensive lineman, Hinwa Allieu signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Allieu grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone and moved to the United States when he was in high school.
Allieu came to the Lopers back in 2016. He played four seasons, earning three All-MIAA awards. Now, he is an undrafted rookie with the Atlanta Falcons.
"We just took it all in when it happened. It was a great time I'm still, we're still going through it. We're still excited even to this point. It's probably going to keep going," Allieu said.
UNK head football coach, Josh Lynn saw Allieu grow the last three seasons and said the thing which impresses him the most is the effect Allieu has away from the football.
"The one thing that you gotta look at when you look at Hinwa is look at the stats that our linebackers had," Coach Lynn said. "You know Sal Silvio had over 500 tackles in his career and a big part of that was because of what Hinwa was doing up front in the defensive line to draw double teams and to draw offensive lineman off of our linebackers."
Allieu participated in the Husker Pro Day, where he competed with recent draft picks, Khalil and Carlos Davis. As the only Division II player there, Allieu felt like an underdog.
"I feel like the underdog coming from a [Division II] school. So, I feel like I have to work double time, unlike these guys from [Division I] schools who have all the facilities and all that stuff," Allieu said. "We don't really particularly have that but it really doesn't matter. It's just a matter of work where you're at. It doesn't matter where you come from. It's about what you got playing for the future and not really like the past."
Allieu is the 12th Loper in school history to sign a contract or get a workout from an NFL team since 2000.