My son played high school football with him at Jackson HS. Practice would stop when he ran sprints. Went to Ashland for track, played football also.
coached by former Olympic hammer thrower Jud Logan
Was it Aldridge?
would enjoy his athletic accomplishments more if he played rugby. Think of him carrying the ball into the try zone while bowling over the likes of a Matt Barkley or AJ McCarron.
A common complaint is not understanding the rules. I think you should take the time to learn them. It has everything that we used to love about football and more.
I grew up in the UK and played rugby. It's fun to play, but XVs rugby in particular has serious watchability issues. With no blocking, most of the play bogs down and turns into a game of kicking unless one side or the other is overmatched. Louis Nix types in rugby playing areas of the world love the opportunity to carry the ball, and the fact that they're closer to the ball than the guys with actual ball skills generally tends to hurt the game rather than help it, in my opinion. Most of the time, the big fat guys simply lumber forward for a few yards, get gang tackled (again, no blocking), and either turn the ball over or simply pass it back to another big fat dude to do the same thing.
Rugby would probably be a better game in general if forwards weren't allowed to run with the ball. VIIs rugby is a great game precisely because there aren't any big fat guys to monopolize the ball in the middle of the field, but for some reason VIIs remains a niche game in the rugby world.
in rugby. According to Wikipedia, he runs a 10.24 100 meters and played football for something called Ashland University before switching to rugby just last year. He's from Massillon, OH, so I'm shocked he wasn't noticed by a major college football program out of high school. At any rate, his video now has a couple million views, so we'll see if an NFL team notices and invites him to try out. He'd be valuable as a return specialist if nothing else. Most guys that fast don't have his kind of ball skills.
and judged to be insufficient.
and now, with some success at rugby, he may be viewed as more than that?