While researching my next piece for OZY, I came across two stories of rugby players in the NFL — one on the way in, one on the way out:
– Hayden Smith, formerly a college basketball player, is returning to Saracens after playing for the New York Jets. Smith is from Australia but has played international rugby for the USA.
– Fleet-footed (4.22 40-yard dash!) Carlin Isles has signed with Detroit’s practice squad.
If you’re debating the world’s best athletes, you have to consider soccer and basketball players for the mix of strength, speed, endurance and skill their sports require. But you have to consider rugby players as well.