Hayden Smith Talks About His Transition to Football as New York Jets Make Signing Official

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The New York Jets officially announced the signing of Australian rugby player Hayden Smith, who is attempting to make the leap from the rugby pitch to the NFL gridiron in 2012.

The Penrith, Australia native was first discovered when he played college basketball stateside from 2005-2008, and he began learning rugby soon after graduation.

Smith, who turns 27-years-old on Tuesday, has played professional rugby for the U.S. Eagles national team, as well as English rugby club Saracens.

This week, he spoke to Sarries TV, a Saracens television network, about leaving his rugby team behind to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.


The 6’7 Smith seems to have a pretty good feel for his abilities, and it’s nice to see that he’s staying humble and is ready to work his tail off to make the Jets roster.

He is certainly an intriguing physical specimen, and hopefully the Jets can mold him into a productive player as a three-down, all-purpose tight end.

Just another storyline on a team that’s certainly got their share of them going into the 2012 season.


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