Former rugby league player Jarryd Hayne has made history after securing a place in the San Francisco 49ers after just six months of training and only four pre-season games.
The final 53-man NFL roster was announced yesterday with Hayne making the cut ahead of 22 players. He finished the pre-season with the best average rushing yards per carry.
Since his debut, Hayne has been turning heads in the NFL after a scorching 53-yard dash for the San Francisco 49ers in their pre-season match against the Houston Texans.
Earlier last week, the Niners played their final pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers in which Hayne shoulder-charged an opposing player “turning NFL defenders into pancakes”.
The NFL’s official social media accounts has since marked Hayne’s selection by posting highlights of some of his performances that have wowed fans in pre-season games.
— NFL (@NFL) September 5, 2015
IT ALWAYS WORKS OUT! I thank GOD for WHAT HE has done and going to do on this incredible journey!! I’m on the 53 MAN ROSTER FOR THE #49ers.
— jarryd hayne (@jarrydhayne_1) September 5, 2015
Just 11 months ago, the former Parramatta Eels star surprised rugby league fans when he walked away from becoming the highest paid player in the NRL hoping to make his debut in America’s National Football League (NFL).
“It’s highly unusually to be honest to have a new player really break through in the pre-season, let alone a new Australian player,” NFL executive vice president of international Mark Waller said earlier this month.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a star of another sport make a transition… I think it’s a testament to what an extraordinary athlete he is.”
The season opener against the Minnesota Vikings will take place on Tuesday afternoon.