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Sevens flyer joins NFL


  • 30 Dec 2013
Carlin Isles has returned to American football after becoming a sevens star Carlin Isles has returned to American football after becoming a sevens star

USA sevens speedster Carlin Isles has linked up with the practice squad of the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

Isles, regarded as one of the fastest rugby players in the world, had suspended his dream of being an NFL player and took up sevens, featuring prominently in numerous tournaments.

Isles asserts that the 2016 Olympic Games, where sevens is now a medal sport, is still one of his goals.

‘2016 is a big deal for me,’ Isles told ESPN. ‘That's a goal of mine, but playing in the NFL is a blessing, too. Being in an NFL locker room has been a true blessing for me. Watching these guys on TV and coming here and to see them in person, it's outstanding and it's a shocker for me.

‘I never would have thought in my life I would be right here in the NFL. It's always like a little kid's dream coming up. To me, to make it to real, and [having] people coming up to me back home and across the state, I'm very happy.’

During the team trial last week, Isles ran the 40-yard dash (36.58m) in 4.22 seconds.

Another rugby star, Daniel Adongo, has also joined the NFL after his time with the Blue Bulls and Kings.

Photo: Matt Rogers/Getty Images

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