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“I will bless you”

A relentless sun is broiling the three men on the football field at Francis Howell North High in St. Charles. Oshiomogho Atogwe’s gray Reebok T-shirt has turned black, soaked with sweat in the 105-degree heat index on this July afternoon.

He is here preparing for his Redskins debut under the guidance of three-time All-Pro cornerback Aeneas Williams and former St. Louis Rams teammate Corey Chavous. Sweat explodes off his head as he turns and sprints down the field.

Williams calls out to Atogwe and reiterates the finer points of opening one’s hips in pass coverage. “Does that make any sense, Oshiomogho?” Williams asks.

“Yes, sir,” he responds.

Williams has tutored Atogwe since the 2009 offseason before Atogwe’s fifth year with the Rams.

“He has an attitude to always want to get better, to just listen to what’s being said and the ability to work hard,” Williams said. “Those are characteristics that I’ve found eventually catapult a player to greatness.”

Williams missed playing with Atogwe in St. Louis by one season, but Atogwe’s former teammates also hold him in high esteem.

“He just has a presence about him,” said Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker, who teamed with Atogwe in St. Louis from 2007-09. “It’s like he knows what he’s doing and you just want to follow him.”

Back at home, surrounded by moving boxes strewn across his living room, Atogwe contemplates the next chapter of what already has been a busy year.

After changing teams, he married Jill Singletary, daughter of Hall of Fame linebacker Mike, in May. He’ll rent a living space near Redskins Park this season while she finishes her undergraduate fashion degree at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

His new contract allows him to continue the African tradition of sending money back to Nigeria. He and Jill, along with other family members in the West, are planning to return to the village of Ayogwiri next March.

“It’s an inner motivation that I’m proud of and I’m delighted to do because [my parents] sacrificed so much for me,” Atogwe said. “If I could ever repay you back, let me do it by the way I live, the way I conduct myself and continue with my own life.”

Up in Windsor, Aigbomoidi is enjoying his second year of retirement, his odyssey complete. Babianna continues her job as a hospital housekeeper, but that won’t keep them from watching their son play for his new team.

Their son whose middle name is Isaac, the first name given to the second son of Abraham.