Struggling former rugby union player Daniel Adongo has found his true calling in life – American football. The big surprise of it all is that the Kenyan born player was not even considering a future in NFL. The Indianapolis Colts were looking for tallish fast players to rush the opposition quarterback in an effort to prevent the pass being made. The athletic Adongo fitted the profile perfectly. After training camps and injuries to key players, he has been added to the Colts roster. This means he stands to earn in the region of R2.5 million per year as an entry level player. Not too shabby!
Adongo represented the Sharks junior teams before joining the Bulls, then a New Zealand provincial team and finally the Kings. Apart from his time at the Sharks, his spells at the other teams were unsuccessful. Being a player with great physical attributes and impressive gym statwas not enough. On the field of play where it counted most he fell short as a result of poor ball handling skills and a lack of positional awareness, particularly as a support player. In the very specialized sport of American football, his position does not require him to either catch or pass or tackle for that matter. He will use his size, speed and strength to get past to beat opponents and hassle the QB. Understand rules of NFL and the complicated playbook that each NLF team has might prove to be his most difficult challenges now.