The NFL's international casting call

Needed: Big, strong athletes. Football experience preferred, but not required

Originally Published: September 18, 2013
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Throughout every game of the preseason, everywhere Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano went, Daniel Adongo followed. A 6-foot-5, 257-pound South African rugby-player-turned-linebacker, Adongo didn't know a lick about football. As Pagano said: "First time ever putting on a helmet, No. 1. Then pants, No. 2. Shoulder pads, 3."

"It is very exciting," Adongo said, his English reflecting the cadence of his native Kenya. "The hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time we go out. To see ...

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