CHARLOTTE – After playing his first career game in Sunday's victory over Cincinnati, defensive end Efe Obada came away with a sack, an interception and a game ball courtesy of head coach Ron Rivera.
Now he can add NFC Defensive Player of the Week to the list.
Obada, the first player from the NFL’s International Pathway Program to be activated for a regular season game, stole the show with his breakthrough performance against the Bengals. He's the first Panther to win a Player of the Week award in 2018.
“Words can’t describe how I feel right now,” an elated Obada said moments after the game. “I’ve been working my ass off, and I’ve been praying and I’ve been hoping that I do get an opportunity. When my name did get called, I just knew I had to make the most of it.”
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This is the sixth weekly honor for the Panthers defensive line group since 2013, ranking second among all NFC defensive lines in that span. As a defense, the Panthers have earned 13 player of the week awards since 2013, the most among all NFC defenses.