Eleven athletes from nine countries will compete for a spot in the 2021 International Player Pathway Program, the NFL announced today. Instituted in 2017, the program aims to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.
One of the NFL’s eight divisions, to be chosen at random, will receive the international players selected for the 2021 program. These players will be placed on the teams practice squad and given an exemption for that spot.
This year’s participants are:
|Aaron Donkor||LB||Germany||Arkansas State University (former)|
|Taku Lee||RB||Japan||Obic Seagulls|
|Yoann Miangue||DL||France||Flash de la Courneuve|
|Leonel Misangumukini||DE||Austria||Dacia Vienna Vikings|
|Adedayo Odeleye||DE||United Kingdom||Loughborough University|
|Ayo Oyelola||LB||United Kingdom||Nottingham University|
|Max Pircher||OL||Italy||Hildesheim Invaders|
|Sammis Reyes||TE||Chile||Tulane University (former)|
|Bernhard Seikovits||TE||Austria||Dacia Vienna Vikings|
|Lone Toailoa||DL||New Zealand||Cal Berkeley (former)|
|Alfredo Gutierrez||OL||Mexico||Tec de Monterrey|