One of the best rugby players of the last ten years, Jarryd Hayne has overcome one of the biggest hurdles in his quest to be an NFL player.
The NFL have finished cutting their rosters down to the required size and among the most notable bubble-players to make the final cuts was rugby legend Jarryd Hayne for the San Francisco 49ers.
Hayne announced on Twitter after the NFL roster deadline passed that he had made the team as a running back.
IT ALWAYS WORKS OUT! I thank GOD for WHAT HE has done and going to do on this incredible journey!! I’m on the 53 MAN ROSTER FOR THE #49ers.
— jarryd hayne (@jarrydhayne_1) September 5, 2015
Hayne faces an uphill battle to get significant playing time however. RBs Reggie Bush and Carlos Hyde are much more experienced and fellow NFL-rookie Mike Davis was one of college football’s most productive players last year.
One of the most decorated rugby players in recent memory, Hayne played nearly 10 years for the Parrametta Eels and earned representative honours at All Star, State, and International levels for Australia and Fiji. Hayne was awarded the Dally M Medal in 2009 and 2014 as the NRL’s player of the year. In 2009, Hayne won the Rugby League International Federation’s International Player of the Year award.