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Life Before Hayne: 6 Past Aussies Who’ve Made The NFL Cut

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1 of 6|Darren Bennett|Considered the most successful Australian in the history of the NFL, Darren Bennett was a pioneering Aussie in the sport who debuted in 1995 and played as a Forward for the San Diego Chargers. He's got 159 games played under his belt.
2 of 6|Brad Wing|Hailing from Melbourne Victoria, Wing was the first college football player to be penalised for on-field taunting. As a Punter, Wing has played pre-season games with the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.

He shortly scored a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2014 season on a 1 year/$420k contract. Wing is the first Australian to throw for points in the NFL.
3 of 6|Mat McBriar|After a respectable 12 NFL seasons which began in 2003, McBriar finally retired in July of this year. He played Punter for the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
4 of 6|Jesse Williams|In 2013 Williams (nicknamed 'Tha Monsta') was picked in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 137th overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks.

The indigenous Australian from Queensland went on to sign a 4 year/$2.37 million contract, including a $211,052 signing bonus. He is the first native Australian to win a Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl XLVIII.
5 of 6|Tom Hornsey|Taking the position of another Punter, Hornsey started his NFL career in 2013. He had the chance to play pre-season with the Dallas Cowboys. He's also won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top college Punter.
6 of 6|Sav Rocca|Arguable one of the coolest names in the game, Sav Rocca was also the oldest ever rookie in the NFL at 33-years-old.

He managed to sign a 2 year/$2.24 million contract with the Washington Redskins in 2013, including a $325,000 signing bonus and an annual average salary of $1,120,000.

As the NFL pre-season selection comes to a wrap with all local eyes set firmly on one Jarryd Hayne, we thought it’d be wise to put the spotlight on some recent Aussies who’ve also made significant waves in America’s game over the past few years.

In the list of the top six players, nearly all of them are Punters which displays the quality of kickers that Australia can produce. From the older rookie Sav Rocca to the most successful Australian in the sport Darren Bennett to a guy nicknamed ‘Tha Monsta’, these are the boys who’ve reigned from Australian codes such as the AFL and NRL.

They’re also the guys who decided to jump ship and pursue the ultimate American dream and won.



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