Uphill struggle . Former NFL players doubt whether Jarryd Hayne will be able to make the grade in the United States. (Getty Images: Brett Hemmings)NRL boss Smith to see Hayne goHayne given Eels blessing to follow his heart into NFLHayne joins list of Australian sportsmen chasing the NFL dreamJarryd Hayne’s decision to try his hand in the NFL might take a lot longer than the 12 month window the New South Wales full back has given himself to be a success.The 32 team competition has just completed round six this season and, although teams tinker and change their rosters on a regular basis, mainly due to injuries, there is no shortage of players without clubs sitting by the phone waiting for a call.Almost all of these have come through the college system, been drafted or spent time in the NFL system before being cut by other teams.”Everything [Hayne] does the day he steps foot into an NFL program is going to be a learning curve,” former NFL punter Nathan Chapman told the ABC.”It will be new names, new coaches, ‘where do I run?’.”According to former AFL star Ben Graham, who enjoyed spells with New Orleans, New York Jets and Arizona, he faces an uphill battle of making the grade.”There is no such thing as an easy transition because he is fighting for a spot alongside thousands of American athletes that grow up wanting to play the sport,” he told the ABC.Graham was on hand to witness Willie Mason’s attempts to try out for the Jets in 2006.”I’ll never forget.
A new Miami firm, 40 Sports Entertainment Group (full disclosure the company is owned by my wife, who is an agent and sports and entertainment lawyer), provides athletes who leave college for the pros with the legal advice to negotiate a fair contract with sports and marketing agencies. 40 Sports represents Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and a couple of other college players who have already declared for the 2015 NFL draft. She’s created a model that helps these young men even the playing field when they meet agents..
High School: Produced three straight 1,000 yard rushing campaigns for Lake Brantley A two time team offensive MVP selection and four year letterman Established single season career bests in carries (145) and yards (1,316), while scoring 16 touchdowns as a senior to help lead Patriots to a 7 5 record and appearance in the Florida High School Football Class 8A Playoffs under coach David Delfiacco Eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark in eight of 12 contests and averaged 9.1 yards per carry in 2016 Picked up 1,286 yards on 139 attempts (9.3 ypr) and a personal high 20 TDs during junior year Notable highlight in 2015 was a 15 carrry, 230 yard performance against Lake Mary Credited with 1,016 ground yards, nine scores on 137 attempts as a sophomore in first full time starting role LBHS’s Offensive Back MVP in 2014 Made varsity starting debut as a freshman in 2013 and rushed for 194 yards and a pair of TDs on 24 carries to help Patriots outlast Lake Howell 29 26 in double overtime (while filling in for an injured teammate) Chosen as program’s rookie of the year Started football career as a wide receiver during recreational league and middle school action before growth spurt enabled move to running back position Earned No. Personal: Full name is Randolph H. Christian III, but prefers to go by Trace Born January 5, 1999 at Altamonte Springs, Fla.