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Former NFL and University of Miami star running back Willis McGahee is the latest high-profile footballer to flirt with rugby. The National Rugby Football League announced via Twitter Thursday he'd be participating in an upcoming combine in Los Angeles. McGahee confirmed via his own account.
The NRFL held its inaugural combine this spring, which afforded a couple of rugby rookies trials overseas. The fledgling organization claims to be starting league play next summer.
The 33-year-old former Bronco, Brown, Bill and Raven is following in the footsteps of other 30-something, effectively retired, running backs to publicly announce their intention to pursue rugby. Ahman Green attended some training camps with the USA 7s team but has really taken on a the role of an ambassador for the sport.
Maurice Clarett, whose Ohio State Buckeyes squared off with and beat McGahee's Miami Hurricanes in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, made noise earlier this year about beginning to work out with Tiger Rugby in an effort to become a 7s Eagle, but showed up to just a training or two before securing his press clippings and moving on.