Mexico: Dinos de Saltillo re-sign WR James Okike for 2023

The Dinos de Saltillo of the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional have re-signed star wide receiver James Okike for the 2023 season.

The 6’3″, 210 pound native of Yeadon, Pennsylvania is coming off of an eventful year in Mexico and is looking to help bring a championship to Saltillo after a disappointing end to the 2022 season. The Dinos had the best regular season record in the LFA but were eliminated in the semifinals by the Gallos Negros de Querétaro.

After their season ended, he signed with the Parrilleros de Monterrey of the Fútbol Americano de México. Again, his team had the best record in the league (6-2) only to fall short in the championship final, losing to the Reds CDMX in the Balón de Plata.

While with the Dinos, he caught 16 passes for 275 yards and a team high five receiving touchdowns.

Before arriving in Mexico, the 29-year old spent several years at Wesley College in Delaware (NCAA Div. III) where he was a two-time All-American before graduating in 2018. He started his professional career in Germany where he played for the Munich Cowboys in the German Football League.  In seven games in the 2018 season, he caught 36 passes for 478 yards and five touchdowns, helping the team reach the playoffs for the first time in four years.  Following the pandemic, he returned to Germany in 2021 playing for the Düsseldorf Panther in the GFL2, helping the team gain promotion to the top league, catching 38 passes for 631 yards and 11 touchdowns.

A recent graduate of Hofstra University in New York. He is currently a sports freelance journalist and podcaster