SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Soccer, basketball, and even baseball are global sports, and while football has always been more of an American passion, that's starting to change.
People from different countries and different cultures are embracing football. Look no further than Korean kicker Younghoe Koo, who won the Chargers' placekicking job in training camp.
Jimmy Nguyen was born in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. His parents brought him to the U.S. as a child. Now, he's a star offensive lineman for the Serra High Conquistadors, who are getting the 10News Pro Treatment this week.
"I'm trying to live the American dream that my parents had for me," said Nguyen, whose team will host Escondido High on Friday night.
Vietnam isn't exactly a hotbed of football, and Nguyen only tried out for the Serra High team after a friend suggested it. He admitted that he knew almost nothing about the sport.
"I didn't know any star players. I only knew there was a quarterback, and then you block," he told 10News.
Block, he does. Nguyen is now a three-year starter, playing both guard and tackle for the Conquistadors.
He also takes five Advanced Placement classes, holding down a 4.6 GPA while he works a part-time job at KFC to earn money for prom, his letterman jacket and other teenage necessities.
Nguyen hopes to keep playing after high school, and he is currently looking at NCAA Division II and Division III schools.
Serra High plays host to Escondido High Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.