So, it’s official. Former NRL star Valentine Holmes has made the grade in the NFL’s international players pathways program and has a deal with the New York Jets. Predictably, social media has blown up.
He may not play in the 2019 regular season under his deal, but will be part of the practice squad and take part in pre-season games.
The dream of playing in the NFL is well and truly alive for the 23-year-old, who had a short but decorated career in the NRL, which included representative honours for both Queensland and Australia.
Australian media outlets weren’t the only ones in the firing line, with Holmes branded a rugby player, rather than a rugby league one, and US media organisations seemingly not caring to correct their mistake.
"Former Rugby Player Valentine Holmes" shows how insignificant Holmes is in America at the moment.
Former London Broncos academy player Benji Hammonds also took to social media, calling rugby league players the most versatile athletes there are.
So Christian Wade yesterday and now Valentine Holmes today has signed for the Jets. Rugby players are the most versatile athletes there is, I am chuffed for them both and hope to see them play next season ????
I hope Valentine Holmes has enough star power to generate a bigger NFL following in Australia. The Jets have built a dangerous team around Darnold in the off-season, and would be exciting to watch for newcomers. Especially since AFC East looks vulnerable.
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