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Rugby Player Daniel Adongo Signs With Colts: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The Indianapolis Colts signed Kenyan rugby star Daniel Adongo to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Here’s what you need to know about the Colts’ newest addition:


1. Adongo Is a Physical Specimen

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The 6-foot-6, 247-pound Adongo looks like he was chiseled from stone. In his first attempt at the broad jump, the 24-year-old cleared 11 feet, a mark which would have placed him among the top 10 among participants at the 2013 NFL Combine, according to the Monday Morning Quarterback’s Robert Klemko.


2. He Played Professional Rugby in South Africa

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Adongo spent the last three years playing professional rugby in South Africa, most recently for the Eastern Province Kings this summer. He also competed for the Kenyan Under–18 and Under–21 national teams.

3. The Colts Found Adongo Through a Hong Kong Rugby Agent

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The Colts discovered Adongo when Johnny Gbenda-Charles, a rugby agent based in Hong Kong, contacted the team.


4. The Colts Hope to Develop Him Into a Pass-Rushing Linebacker

The Colts hope Adongo’s elite size, strength and athleticism can translate from rugby to American football, particularly as a rush linebacker, NFL.com reported on Tuesday.

However, because he lacks experience playing professional football, Adongo isn’t expected to make an immediate impact.

Check out the above video to see Adongo answer questions in Colts training camp.


5. The Colts Just Promoted Him to the Active Roster

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The Colts promoted Adongo, along with tackle Xavier Nixon, to the active roster, NBC Sports reported on Tuesday. To make room on the 53-man squad, Chuck Pagano’s team placed linebacker Mario Harvey and running back Daniel Herron on season-ending injured reserve.

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