August 30, 2017
Bob Marley made hits.
Nico Marley delivers hits.
That’s because Nico, a grandchild of the famous Jamaican singer, is a member of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Nico is a rookie linebacker out of Tulane University who’s trying to survive final cuts on September 2 and earn a spot on the Redskins roster.
While his spot on the roster remains in doubt, his reputation is secure. On a team full of famous athletes, Nico stands out because of his relationship to the world’s most popular reggae musician. Nico was born 14 years after Bob Marley died in 1981 at age 36, but teammates and fans alike are intrigued by Nico’s connection to the singer, whose incredible repertoire includes “Jamming,” “One Love,” “Redemption Song” and “No Woman, No Cry.”
Nico is fine with the fame, and he loves talking about his grandfather, who made a lasting impact by introducing reggae to a global audience.
“He did impact many lives. Not just mine because I’m related (to him). He’s everybody’s grandfather,” he told Comcast SportsNet.
His favorite Bob Marley song? It depends on the day, but lately, it’s been “Waiting in Vain,” “Redemption Song” and “Jamming.”
While music runs in the Marley family, football does, too.
Nico’s father, Rohan, played for the University of Miami and for the now-defunct Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League.
After Rohan divorced Nico’s mother in 1996, he began a long relationship with Lauryn Hill (they never married). The oldest child of Rohan and Lauryn Hill is Zion, the boy she sings about on her incredibly famous 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.