Thursday, December 26, 2013

Carlin Isles signs for NFL´s Detroit Lions

Photo Daily Mail: The fastest man in rugby Carlin Isles is now set for the NFL
One of the stars for the USA Sevens team in recent times has been Carlin Isles. He has impressed on the IRB World Sevens circuit but with it being hard to earn a living in that form of the game he now looks set to play American Football for the Detroit Lions. 


The Detroit Lions signed Isles today and he is now an official member of the training squad. Having trained with the Detroit Lions on Monday and running a 4.22 in the 40 yard dash he was subsequently signed on into the NFL team´s squad taking him out of rugby for the foreseeable future. It follows the move of Daniel Adongo to the NFL this season to rival club the Indianapolis Colts. 

Isles is far from being a rugby produced athlete. To the contrary he came to rugby via athletics where he had been close to qualifying for the Olympic Games as a sprinter. A return to rugby is far from being off the cards as the NFL season will come to an end on February 2. With the USA leg of the Sevens Circuit taking place from January 24-26 the participation of Isles is unlikely but the season will continue until May with Scotland and England both hosting that month. 

Before then Isles will be preparing for the NFL and doing so on a healthy pay packed. His likely position for the Detroit Lions is to be either or both or Wide Receiver and Kick Returner. His demonstrated speed in rugby is suited to these positions. 

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