SPORTS! Something that is not COVID-19 related news! We are here for it.
The NFL Draft happened last week and sports fans everywhere were ecstatic to have something to watch (finally)! We at Kirkwood have a special connection to this years NFL draft because our very own Festus Igbinoghene has a son who was eligible to be drafted. No surprise for fans of Noah Igbinoghene, he was drafted late in the first round to be a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins! I had the privilege of interviewing his father and one of our wonderful employees, Festus this week and he shared with us a bit about himself, his excitement for his son, and anticipations for the future.
Festus is one of our RNs in Skilled Nursing and he has been working at Kirkwood for about 5 years and his favorite thing about working here is how our community has such a family-like atmosphere. He is from Nigeria but now lives in Trussville with his wife and 3 children. It is not a shock that his oldest son, Noah, is now a professional football player because both Festus and his wife were olympic athletes and Festus trained Noah and is now training his 12-year-old son Michael.
When I asked Festus how he felt when his son received the call from Miami, he said that honestly he was shocked they didn’t receive a call sooner but was very excited and thankful that his son was drafted by a team whose coaches love and value defense. Festus said he is proud of Noah and believes he earned this and all the wonderful things that come with being a professional football player.
The Igbinoghene’s have two other children, Hope and Michael. Hope is a freshman track star at Auburn and Michael is 12 and currently on the football team at Trussville middle school. I cannot wait to see what is in store for the future of the Igbinoghene family and specifically their all star athlete children! Congratulations to Noah and thanks to Festus for all of the wonderful work you do for our residents here at Kirkwood.