Panthers defensive end Efe Obada has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.
Playing in his first career game against Cincinnati, Obada registered an interception, a sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass deflection in just 19 total snaps. He was part of a defense that recorded four interceptions and limited the Bengals to just 66 rushing yards.
In August, Obada became the first player from the NFL International Pathway Program to make an active roster. Last Sunday, he was the first such player to see game action and record any statistics.
Obada came to America from London in 2015 when he signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad despite only playing organized American football for just five games previously with the London Warriors. He was assigned to the Panthers practice squad in 2017 as a practice squad exemption as part of the Pathway Program.
While this marks Obada’s first player of the week honor, it is the sixth weekly honor for the Panthers defensive line group since 2013, ranking second among all NFC defensive position groups in that span. As a defense, the Panthers have earned 13 player of the week awards since 2013, the most among all NFC defenses.