Like moths drawn to a flame, we find code hops irresistible and the latest to threaten us with singed wings is that of ex-Saint Kilda Saint Arryn Siposs.
Siposs played just 28 games across four seasons for the Saints and was delisted in 2014 after making just three appearances, even though he was an AFL Rising Star nominee in 2012.
We learn that he is declaring for the 2020 NFL draft.
He is currently playing American football at Auburn University in Georgia at the age of 27.
He has another year of NCAA eligibility remaining, but chose to pull out to see if he can get a look as a NFL punter.
“Auburn has provided me with opportunities and experiences I could not have dreamed of,” Siposs wrote on his social media pages. “I have been so proud to put on my Auburn jersey and walk onto the field with an amazing group of men. I’ve made lifelong friends and memories.That being said, it’s my time to move forward and declare for the NFL draft. I’ll forever grateful for my Auburn family.”
Siposs has a chance, as he has been effective as a kicking specialist for the Auburn Tigers and Aussie Rules players have proven a desirable commodity in the NFL as punters.
The position of punter in the NFL is not one that gathers a lot of publicity, but the NFL has several Aussies in the role at present, including Jordan Berry of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Lachlan Edwards of the New York Jets, to mention but two.
Without doubt, the most notable Aussie footy player to make the transition was Salvatore Rocca, who could be described as the pathfinder.
It has yet to occur where an Aussie athlete can get a job in the NFL at any of the skilled positions, quarterback, running back or receiver, but Jarryd Hayne was almost successful in a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers, who tried to use him as a running back and kick returner.
The most recent was Valentine Holmes, who made it no further than the New York Jets practice squad before abandoning the NFL for a lucrative gig with the NRL’s North Queensland Cowboys.