BOULDER, Colo. -- Like most college students, Stefan Nembot doesn’t miss the weekly phone call to his parents. Other than the face he could use any one of the 15 languages he speaks and home is more than 7000 miles away in Cameroon Africa, the conversation is typical. But it’s been five years since he has seen his family.
“My mom wouldn’t recognize me right now, my mom will probably be scared,” says the CU sophomore.
At 6’7” 305 pounds, he is a hard guy to miss. After having played only one year high school football, Nembot switched from defense to offense during his redshirt season in boulder. CU Offensive Line coach Gary Bernardi says, “That’s a heck of a thing at this position.”
Head Coach Mike MacIntyre adds, “he’s always asking questions, great attention to detail. He has a great thirst for knowledge and to be successful.”
This fall he solidified his role as the Buffs starting right tackle and he adds some prestige to the O-line. Nembot is a Prince.
“I don’t have my dad’s name because of that. I have to have the name of the King, which is King Nembot.”
The Prince definitely didn’t get the royal treatment on his way to becoming a CU football player. Just getting him over to the United States required a huge sacrifice by his parents.
“My mom and dad sold part of the house so they could afford flight ticket and why I am here today. Most people think it means a lot of money, there’s no money.”
But there is money in the NFL and Nembot is full of potential. Playing on Sundays would help him fulfill his ultimate goal, to build an orphanage back home.
“Like they say in my tribe, I was born to serve and protect, so that’s what I want to do.”
Before learning how to pass block and becoming an international studies major, Nembot was learning empathy.
“I grew up seeing my mom and dad pay for other people, even though we didn’t have enough at home.”
Quitting everything has crossed his mind multiple times, but his Sunday conversations remind him to keep grinding.
“Dad tells me be a man, keep pushing don’t give up. Not everyone where I come from has this kind of opportunity, so I’m very thankful. “
By May he should have plenty to talk about, when he plans on going back home for the first time since he was 16.