The San Francisco 49ers have had a disastrous offseason and probably won’t be a factor this year in the NFC West. However, one of the lone bright spots of the 49ers camp has been the addition of rugby star Jarryd Hayne.
Hayne was considered a longshot to make the 49ers roster but, after an extremely impressive preseason, Hayne defied the odds and survived the final cuts to make the team.
Hayne has one of the NFL’s best stories, so let’s get to know the former rugby star a little more before heading into his first regular season NFL game next Sunday.
He Is The First Professional Rugby League Player To Play in the NFL
While there have been many players who have made football code switches and have gone to play in the NFL, those athletes came from Rugby Union (a different form of rugby than Rugby League) or Australian Rules Football.
When Hayne signed with the 49ers, he became the first Rugby League player to make the jump from that sport to American football.