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2017 National Signing Day: Colorado nabs Finnish-born DE Chris Mulumba

Feb 1, 2017

When you start winning games like the way Colorado did in 2016, you'll get some national recognition. In the Buffs' case, that recognition has started stretching across borders to Finland, as the Helsinki-born defensive end Chris Mulumba signed on with Mike MacIntyre and The Rise in Boulder.

Mulumba's story actually starts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where his parents escaped from the violence and fled to Finland as refugees the year before he was born. He became an accomplished wrestler and judo practicioner, winning a wrestling state championship in 2009 and claiming four straight national judo championships from 2009-12. Unable to play high school football because, well, there is no high school football in Finland, he played on a club football team in American Football Association of Finland before serving his mandatory year in the Finnish Army.

He came stateside to play at Diablo Valley College (California) for one year and signed with Central Florida, where he redshirted to get his academics in order. Now he's in Boulder as a mid-year enrollee, taking classes and working out at CU.

According to Mulumba, he is the third player from Finland to sign with a Division I school for football.

Check out his Facebook Live interview with our Yogi Roth to learn about how judo has helped him in football, what football is like in Finland and where to go and what to do if you ever go to Finland.