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British rookie trying to catch on with 49ers

Updated: May 10, 2013, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Lawrence Okoye was one of the last players to leave the "pitch" Friday afternoon -- one of several things that set the big Brit apart from other newcomers at the San Francisco 49ers' rookie minicamp.

Okoye is the only rookie there who never has played a snap of organized football. He's the only one who has competed in the Olympics as a discus thrower.

And he's the only one speaking with a British accent -- twice referring to the practice field as a pitch, a ...

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