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Hayden Smith has apparently started a trend. The former Eagle and Saracens
lock famously left professional rugby last year, in the prime of his
career, to try out with the New York Jets.
Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts signed Southern Kings (Super Rugby) lock Daniel Adongo to their training camp roster. Adongo is getting his NFL shot for the same reason Smith got his - he's both exceptionally large and mobile. At 6-5, 257, Adongo is being looked at as an outside linebacker.
"We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo," said Colts manager Ryan Grigson. "He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right make-up for our sport. We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks."
Smith impressed enough at his training camp trial to earn a spot on the Jets' practice squad. Midseason he was placed on the active roster, and he recorded one 16-yard reception against the San Diego Chargers. If Adongo is going to make it in the NFL, he'll likely have to follow a similar path - impress in the summer months and get on a practice squad.
Funny interview with Adongo below.