Ryan Grigson likely never sleeps.
In his first year with the Colts, Grigson pulled off more than 250 transactions. He plucked talent from the AFL, IFL, UFL and CFL.
The IFL featured eight players per side who clashed on a 50-yard field. Tight end Dominique Jones was Grigson’s find from that league.
On the near eve of training camp, Grigson has mined new fields, signing rookie linebacker Daniel Adongo – a now-former rugby player.
“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said Grigson. “He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport. We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”
Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world. Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school. In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contact after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.
Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year. He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup. In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.
Given Grigson’s track record, Adongo may have a shot. If so, Colts fans have related experience, too.
In 1995, Marcus Pollard hit town. He never had played football – only basketball. Even when he was inside the training complex, Pollard did not know what his future held.
When a physician asked what position he played, Pollard responded classically, “I don’t know.”
Pollard had a great Colts career at tight end, finishing with 263 receptions and 35 touchdowns for the Colts and playing 13 years in the league.
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