The Jets Have Signed The Australian, Rugby-Playing Version Of Rob Gronkowski
This guy might be a more interesting addition to the Jets than Tim Tebow. Wait, what? More interesting than Tebow? The man whose name has been modified with the word "mania"? Impossible! Well, check this guy out: a 6'6, 265-pound Australian former basketball player-turned rugby star, who looks less like a human being and more like a tank with flesh on it. Judging by his athleticism and size, this guy could be huge -- pun definitely intended.
Hayden Smith, who will be a 26-year-old NFL rookie, is originally from Down Under, but has been playing rugby here in the U.S. for years. According to CBS New York, Gang Green signed him to a three year deal, for the bargain price of $355,000 a year on average.
Check out his work out video, which is intercut with an outdated Aussie news broadcast about his crazy athletic career.
So, the guy is a freakish athlete, and is not your typical rookie. He's slated to play as a tight end, which brings up an interesting thought: will he be more integral to the Jets success than Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez/whatever you want to call the Jets quarterback?
If this page on ESPN is correct, Smith has the exact same body type as record-setting Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Same height, same weight, and it seems he'll have the same outstanding speed. Also, considering Smith was a basketball and rugby player, he figures to have good hands as well.
If Smith is anything like the weapon Gronkowski is, it will make the QB's job (again, it's a guess as to who that will be) that much easier. Ask Tom Brady if he appreciates having a ridiculously large target who can shed defenders like old snake skin and take it to the house on almost any play.
The real Gronkowski comparison, however, will take place off the field. How much can the guy drink? Does he like LMFAO? These are truly the great football questions of our time.
h/t Bob's Blitz
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