Posted December 26, 2013

The Fastest Rugby Player in the World Just Signed with the Detroit Lions

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The ‘fastest man in rugby’ may soon be coming to an NFL field near you.

Fans of rugby are already well aware of Carl Isles. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Team USA wing is several steps faster than more or less any opponent he faces off against. He also ranked as the 36th fastest sprinter in the U.S. in 2012 by running a personal best 10.24 100-meter-dash.

His obvious athletic talents recently piqued the interest of the Detroit Lions, who invited him for a workout. Isles reportedly ran a 4.22 40-yard-dash during said workout, and it probably took less time than that for the Lions to offer him a practice squad contract afterwards.

The Lions aren’t afraid to take risks on players with minimal football experience. Just this past April they selected Ziggy Ansah — a defensive end from BYU who had only been playing the sport for a couple of years — with the 5th overall pick in the NFL draft. And by all accounts the gamble has paid off for Detroit; Ansah has racked 8 sacks on the season, tops among rookies.

Unlike the many track stars that make an attempt to translate their talents to football, Isles has experience getting tackled, and more importantly, evading tackles. His size and speed might bring to mind Trindon Holliday, the pint-sized return man who has notched four special teams touchdowns for the Broncos in the past two seasons.

I’ve posted a highlight video of Isles below. Do you think his skills will translate to the NFL?

And in case you still aren’t convinced, here’s a little more proof that Isles is what some would describe as a good athlete:

5 comments
JeremyCastro
JeremyCastro

It should be noted that Isles played D2 football at Ashland University and holds several school records as a KO returner.   Seems to be overlooked with all the Detroit Lions talk!

MrArlington
MrArlington

This will prove to be as fruitful as the Texas Rangers signing of Russell Wilson. Dude is obviously a good athlete, but these sports have way too many differences to assume that since he is good at one he is good at the other.

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

I wish him all the best. Isles plays 7 man Rugby,which allows him to take advantage of his very good speed. The game most people are familiar with is 15 man Rugby,as is played in the Rugby World Cup. The significantly more crowded field diminishes the overall impact of speed and and increases the need for size. In 7 man,if he gets outside,he is gone,and he gets outside a lot........ NFL KR/PR  may well be  more suited to Isles' speed and small size than 15 man Rugby proved to be. 

6marK6
6marK6

I sense a book and a basic cable movie, but not a football player.