Amobi Okoye: 'It's a blessing every day'

Amobi Okoye #91 of the Chicago Bears sacks Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams as Stephen Paea #92 closes in at Soldier Field on September 23, 2012
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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Amobi Okoye reveals his delight at the chance of returning to NFL action following an absence due to a rare autoimmune disorder.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Amobi Okoye has told of his delight at being back in the NFL following his absence caused by a rare autoimmune disorder.

The player was put into a medically-induced coma in April last year, as his contraction of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis led to an 145-day memory gap.

"It's a blessing every day," Okoye told the Dallas Morning News.

"You count your blessings. Your faith gets tested. I am happy to be back doing what I love to do."

Okoye will be hoping to return from the non-football illness list soon, having been given a chance by Dallas who signed him to a two-year contract in May.

Amobi Okoye #91 of the Chicago Bears sacks Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams as Stephen Paea #92 closes in at Soldier Field on September 23, 2012
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