Top Aussie Rugby League Star Self-Exiles to Jets Training Camp
The NFL so badly wants to do what its other North American pro sports brethren has done, namely hit it big on the other continents.
Basketball, hockey, and baseball are popular sports at a high level elsewhere in the world.
Gridiron football, for the most part, is still a novelty. That means a hella lotta merchandising bucks are left on the table.
Not so easy when there's still little infrastructure for it in other countries.
Yes, the NFL games in London draw crowds, but few spectators actually go out and play it or have their kids show much interest in doing so.
So, The Shield has figured the obvious:
If international players aren't coming to it, then it'll go to the popular sports elswhere.
That's why it initiated the International Player Pathway Program back in 2016, selecting a few players to participate in training camps each summer with one league division per year being the hosts.
Holmes isn't the first big-time rugby dude to give gridiron a shot.
For the record, ruggers don't use as much padding as gridiron dudes, but they do wear a more subtle style of shoulder pads:
However the tackling's done, it appears that Holmes is gonna be a load to bring down:
Gotta say, wheels transfer to any sport.
It's also impressive what dude's doing out there without any blocking.
That may be useful if he ever gets into a Jets practice game, too.