Amobi Okoye attempts to return to professional football. Uncredited/Associated Press

Former Bear, Dallas Cowboy with autoimmune encephalitis attempts football comeback

Amobi Okoye returns to professional football after recovering from autoimmune encephalitis. Getty Images
Amobi Okoye returns to professional football after recovering from autoimmune encephalitis. Getty Images

Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper writes,

Former Texans first-round pick Amobi Okoye made an appearance at this year’s draft to announce a Texans pick and then made an announcement of his own about his hopes of returning to the field after recovering from autoimmune encephalitis.

Okoye, who also played for the Bears, spent three months in a coma in 2013 after contracting anti-NMDA encephalitis, which caused him to suffer seizures and left Okoye unable to speak or walk. Okoye lost 80 pounds over the course of the process, but returned to health and got cleared to resume a football career.

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