Daniel Adongo did not follow the traditional path to the National Football League. The Kenyan had never played American football before joining up with the Indianapolis Colts in the summer.
He did not just get up off the couch and decide to start playing but traces his skills back to a professional rugby career.
The 24-year-old has played professionally since 2011 in South Africa with the Natal Sharks, Blue Bulls, Counties Manukau, Kings, and Eastern Province. He has played for the Kenyan Under-18 and U-21 national teams and said he is ready to play for Kenya at the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
The Colts believe Adongo can take his rugby skills and become a good pass rushers. The Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said this on twitter, “He’s ran around and tackled people before without pads…and I expect it might be more physical and violent with pads.” But maybe Adongo’s journey did start sitting on the couch! He said he first picked up the game playing the Madden video games.
Daniel Adongo is now on the Colts active roster. Adongo and Chuck Pagano on the former rugby star’s progression. READ http://t.co/dEbwDlQKgW
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In July, Daniel Adongo had never played football. Now, he’s on the Colts active roster. READ about Adongo’s journey http://t.co/up0g8BD1ll
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Daniel Adongo, From Rugby to the NFL – Daniel Adongo is 24 hours into being on the Colts’ active roster. The … http://t.co/yFHk4nwy6e
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