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South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL 2018: Why Michael Maguire told Jordan Mailata to pursue NFL dream

MICHAEL Maguire was interested in extending Jordan Mailata’s stay at the Rabbitohs but told him instead to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

An unlikely dream for the 20-year-old giant who skittled defenders in the under-20s competition last season took a step closer to reality over the weekend when he was drafted by reigning Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles.

Having never played a game of gridiron in his life it will take time before Mailata can challenge Ben Simmons as the most popular Aussie in Philly but his incredible story — not to mention his extraordinary 6-foot-8, 160-kilogram frame — has already captured the imagination of American sports commentators.

The NFL's new Aussie BEAST!

The NFL’s new Aussie BEAST!

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Predicting a South Pacific scouting raid if Mailata is able to make the transition, Mailata has already been tagged — somewhat predictably — the ‘Thunder from Down Under’ in the United States but faces a steep learning curve in order to make the Eagles’ final 53-man roster.


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