U.S. football star John Metchie III says journey began in Taiwan

Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III (8) plays against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — As the world watched wide receiver John Metchie III prepare to dominate the football field and earn a national title, most would be surprised to find that Metchie’s story actually began in Taiwan.

The Alabama Crimson Tide up-and-coming star was born in Taiwan to a Taiwanese mother, Joyce and a Nigerian father, John. 

According to foreign media reports, Metchie can’t recall living in Taiwan as, not long after his birth, the family moved to Ghana where he spent the early years of his childhood.

However, Metchie always had a connection with Taiwan and reportedly visited his birthplace in high school. 

Metchie was quoted saying “It was a surreal experience,” and added that he “had always been a part of that culture, but being there, meeting everyone from my mom’s side, it was pretty cool.”

The move from Taiwan to Ghana became an integral part of Metchie’s path to football as it was then that he learned to run.

Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III is tackled by Ohio State cornerback Sevyn Banks during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Metchie explained that there were a lot of wild, stray dogs in Ghana and he used to hate leaving the house as it meant running everywhere to avoid being bitten or attacked.

the encounters occurred often, Metchie developed an invaluable athletic strength: speed.

Later, the family moved to Canada where Metchie’s passion for football was born.

However, he never forgot about his roots and expressed wishes that his journey could inspire those who live in Taiwan, Ghana and Canada to pursue their passions.

“I just really want them to be able to know that if they want to play football at the highest level, that it definitely is attainable.”