Sometimes you have to take a risk to succeed in professional sports and the Minnesota Vikings have done just yet.
The Vikings have taken an incredible gamble today by signing a player that has never played football in the United States in his entire career, they announced today.
Babatunde Aiyegbusi is the Vikings newest offensive tackle and the man is a sight to behold. Measuring in at 6-foot-9 and weighing a whopping 351 pounds, the Polish lineman is huge even for NFL standards.
No U.S Experience
Aiyegbusi played the 2014 season in Germany's top league for the Dresden Monarchs and 2013 in his native Poland with champions Wroclaw Giants. He travelled 22 hours to appear in a pro day workout on Monday at the University of Texas-San Antonio, where he caught the eye of a Vikings scout. That led to a Wednesday workout at the team's facilities in Minnesota and it seems the Vikings liked what they saw the look of and snapped him up.
Aiyegbusi didn't even play college football before moving back to Europe and his signing came as a shock to all. Despite his immense size, the big man can move. He recorded a very respectable 5.21 seconds in the 40-yard dash with a 1.78 split to go along with a 9'2 broad jump.
Aiyegbusi wouldn't the first Pole to play in the NFL if he makes it however, joining defensive tackle Jason Maniecki and kickers Rich Szaro, Chester Marcol and Sebastian Janikowski.
"It's just surprising to me. I'm just so grateful of the opportunity the Vikings gave me. I'm aware that this is the real deal, that I have to prove myself," Aiyegbusi said after his signing was made official.
"I'm ready to do it. I was dreaming [of this moment], and actually practicing back in Poland going every day to the gym, I was thinking 'If I would have been born in the States, I would have an easier opportunity to get there.' But I'm not," he added.
"They told me [the NFL] would never happen, but it did. I'm very happy."
Here's a clip of the dominating 27-year old in action during his time in Germany. It's definitely impressive, to say the least.