Did The Seahawks Just Poach Last Year's Rugby League MVP From Australia's NRL?
Parramatta Eels star Jarryd Hayne feels he's beaten the NRL. "I feel like I've done everything in the game," he said during his farewell press conference, admitting that he is no longer challenged by Australia's other rugby league. "The journey of going over there and having a crack at the NFL is far greater than anything here."
Well la-di-da fancy sports-boy, guess they'll have to start using cricket bats next season to slow you down...
(Too bad he'll already be living stateside by then.)
It's sounding like Jarryd Hayne -- who has a lifetime commitment with his current team -- is more fed up with how Rugby League does business than intrigued by the prospect of playing with Pete Carroll. Hey, if you couldn't change jobs, ever, you'd be pretty miserable, too. Plus, the likelihood of actually finding any success -- let alone a roster spot -- is pretty remote.
Australia's greatest American football player, Colin Scotts, thinks the deck is stacked against Hayne. "He's walking into the most intense complex explosive game anywhere in the world at the age of 27 but I just think this country needs more people that decide life starts when you get out of your comfort zone."
Hayne said he was persuaded by Reggie Bush, who toured Australia this summer and reassured the 2014 NRL Player of the Year he was well-suited as a running back. Hayne then spent 10 days at the Seahawks team facilities in September, and will move to Los Angeles to begin training for next season. Does that mean Seattle gets first dibs? Probably.
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