Eagles sign rugby player Adam Zaruba as tight end

25 Jul

The time between a job interview and job offer are typically days, weeks and, in some cases, months full of anxiety. Rugby player Adam Zaruba only had to endure a few hours before finding out he got the job as tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Zaruba, who played for Canada’s national rugby sevens team, tried out for the Eagles over the weekend and impressed them enough to earn a contract offer Monday.

The 26-year-old last played organized American football in high school. Zaruba is 6-foot-5, 265 pounds. For comparison purposes, Rob Gronkowski is 6-foot-6, 265 pounds.

Check out Zaruba’s rugby highlights below:

“It will be a really awesome thing for me as an athlete,” Zaruba told The Province when asked about the opportunity to play in the NFL. “The window here is very small.”

Zaruba is trying to follow in the footsteps of Jarryd Hayne, who played professional rugby league in Australia before joining the San Francisco 49ers as a running back in 2015.

While a longshot to make the Eagles‘ 53-man roster, good for Zaruba. Not many could say they made an NFL roster — even in July.

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