Eritrean-American Nat Berhe in action on Monday Night Football.

Updated: Sep 24, 2018

The First Eritrean to play in the NFL will be on Monday Night Football on September 24th, 2018. Nat Berhe who attended the 2018 Eritrean Festival in Washington D.C spoke of the love he received from Eritreans as he got drafted by the NY Giants three years ago.




Eritrean-American Natnael Berhe Asfaha who is the first NFL player with Eritrean roots made a career change this past year as he signed a contract with the historic and one of the best American Football franchises. Nat went to Colton High School in Southern California where he was a standout and received a full ride to attend San Diego State University. For the Aztecs he was one of the best defensive players in the history of the school. Following College Nat was drafted by the New York Giants where he was a top special teams player sometime playing in the saftey role. In New York he had a couple of injuries and some minor concussions where he was able to recover and continue to perform at high levels.


Just like Eritrean-American long distance runner Meb Kiflezghi, Nat decided to utilize the services of his brother as an agent. After racking up 22 tackles for the Giants last season, 14 of them coming on special teams, Nat and Tamrat his brother started to see if they could get better offers. Nat has always wanted to play for Coach Mike Tomlin and the Steelers came in with an offer. The Steelers already had Darrius Heyward-Bey as a special teams leader, but bringing in Berhe has added that second element they needed. Nat will be playing infront of a huge audience on September 24, 2018 on Monday Night football where he will have a big role in helping the Steelers contend for their division race.

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