Shared Link | "Interview: Dat Nguyen on Growing Up Vietnamese in Texas and Making NFL History" via Asia Blog

"Dat Nguyen became the first Vietnamese player in National Football League history when he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1999 after a celebrated career at Texas A&M. A defensive linebacker, Nguyen (pronounced "win") was small for his position, coming in at 5-foot-11 and 238 pounds, but he made an immediate impact and eventually led the team in tackles in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He was voted second-team All Pro in 2003. He retired in 2006 due to a nagging neck injury."

"I grew up in Rockport-Fulton, a small fishing town about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. I didn't know much better — I just wanted to be a kid who got accepted. I could remember my mother telling me to only play with my cousins and not to talk to "them," meaning white people. There was a lot of hate going on during that time because the residents there were assuming we were going to take away their jobs in the shrimping business. This was the same way we made our living back in Vietnam. " Read Full Article >>


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