Among Oday Aboushi’s nine siblings, there are three lawyers, two doctors, one college professor, an accountant and a nurse. They can now add NFL offensive lineman to that group.
Aboushi, a Staten Island native, was selected by his hometown New York Jets with the No. 141 overall pick in the fifth round Saturday during the NFL draft. It’s the 30th straight year at least one Cavaliers player has been selected in the NFL draft, a streak that began in 1984 when the Jets picked former Virginia tight end Billy Griggs in the eighth round.
“I don’t think I can put into words how excited I am to be a New York Jet, to be with my hometown team,” said Aboushi, who was with his family Saturday when he received the good news.
“Everybody is ecstatic, excited. It was a tough couple of days right now, anxiety running high, excitement, people walking around anxious. To finally get the call, especially being a hometown team like the Jets, couldn’t be [more] perfect.”
The 6-6, 310-pound Aboushi has been a constant at left tackle for Virginia, starting every game over the past three years. He could play guard or right tackle in the NFL as well.
Though Virginia struggled to run the ball during a disappointing 4-8 campaign in 2012, Aboushi was the team’s best offensive lineman and earned first team all-ACC honors. He graded out at above 90 percent in every game, averaged ten knockdown blocks per contest and was selected to the Senior Bowl as one of the top players in the country at his position.
A practicing Muslim with Palestinian parents, Aboushi observed Ramadan during every training camp at Virginia, fasting from sunrise to sunset. He joins former Virginia left tackle and 2006 first-round draft pick D’Brickashaw Ferguson on the Jets roster.
“I’m going to play any position, wherever I’m needed to play, whatever is going to help the team be better and help the line come together as a group,” Aboushi said.
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