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'He's 'a freak athlete': The unlikely NFL journey of an Aussie rugby giant

Nov 20, 2018 - CNN

LONDON (CNN) -- It's difficult to describe just how improbable Jordan Mailata's journey to the NFL has been.

A year ago, the 21-year-old former Australian Rugby League player tried on a football helmet and pads for the very first time. By April, he was drafted as an offensive lineman by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

That's like a guy picking up a guitar and showing enough promise to join Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on tour.

Mind you, that guy is 6-foot 8-...