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Former Ferris State OL Zein Obeid Ready to Seize Opportunity as Lions Rookie

ALLEN PARK – After declaring for the NFL Draft in his junior season, former Ferris State offensive lineman Zein Obeid will be fighting for a roster spot with the Detroit Lions this fall after signing as an undrafted free agent last month.

Obeid and his family moved to Michigan from Lebanon in 2009.

He went to Dearborn Fordson High School, a school that sits about five minutes away from the lions practice facility.

Obeid said getting an NFL opportunity with the first team he ever watched play football is a surreal experience.

“Actually the first game I ever watched was with my cousins. It was a Monday Night Football game with the Lions against the Bears. And that was like my first time watching football and I fell in love with it since then. It’s a dream come true, you know? This opportunity is everything, it’s a blessing,” said Obeid.

Obeid, a 6-foot-5, 303 lb. offensive tackle, took the unusual step of declaring for the draft a year early from a division two school. He said he knew it was the right time through talking with his family after the Bulldogs’ national championship win this past season.