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Grigson's next venture: A rugby player

7/25/2013

Ryan Grigson was NFL executive of the year in 2012, and part of his good work as a rookie general manager was his willingness to look anywhere and everywhere for players.

His latest move, the signing of outside linebacker Daniel Adongo, is in the same vein.

From the Colts' press release:

Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world. Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school. In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contract after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year. He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup. In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.

“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said Grigson in a statement. “He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport. We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

To make room for him, the Colts cut tight end Weslye Saunders, who was recently suspended for the first eight games for the season for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancers.