Throughout the world,
sport often defines a region.In some cases,
it defines an entire continent.In the US, more than 100,000 kids
play football every year.Around 9,000 of those athletes
will play in college.And less than 2%
have a chanceof being drafted
in the National Football League.To many who play the sport,
the dream seems impossible.But for Jordan Mailata,a rugby player who has
never played American football,a chance may be all he needs.Now how about
a little bit of a mystery?Jordan is a 21-year-old
of Samoan origin.who has played professional rugby.The opportunity
that’s been presented before me,it’s not to be taken lightly.In January,
he was discovered by agentsand he moved to America
to begin his dreamto go from rugby to football.I love his story.
6’8″, 345 pounds,Samoan, from Australia.I’m here to compete
and I want the best for my life.If they draft a kid from Australia
who has never played football,and he becomes a real player,
that’s the new standard.If I could make it, it would change
my life and my family’s life.Like, forever.The NFL has set its sights
on expanding across the globe.As part of that initiative,
the League developed a programto help identify
talented foreign athleteswhose skill and athleticism
could transfer to American football.Jordan Mailata was an easy target.The position I see me playing
is offensive lineman, left tackle.There aren’t that many guys
that can move like me at my size.So, I’m really eager
to just be a spongeand absorb
all the information around me.Over the course of three months,Jordan and several other
international prospectswill spend their time learning
the game of footballfrom the ground up.Twelve hours a day,seven days a week,in the hopes of making an NFL roster.Better get it!With the average NFL player
having at least10 years of football experience
before becoming a professional,the biggest obstacle
to overcome will be mental.Perfection is a myth. What gives you energy? What gives you motivation? Why are you going to the weight room?
Why are you going to the track? That energy ought to be with you
on a constant basis. That motivation should be with you
every single day. It’s a daily choice. What type of man you gonna be? What type of player are you gonna be? It’s a choice.My knowledge on the NFL
is very limited.I’ve only watched a few games
and highlights. What position would you
see yourself possibly playing? I’m open to anything. But, I guess, ’cause I’ve been
watching left tackle a lot, I kind of want to learn it. One of the coaches asked me
do I know anyone, do I watch anyone in particular? And I said, “Only Michael Oher
because ofThe Blind Side.”We’re gonna teach you how to get down
in a stance and a start. Verbiage. I’ve never heard
that word verbiage before.It’s like going into it blindfolded.It’s the first time
I’m putting on a helmet. You don’t know what you’re seeing,
what you’re hearing. How’s that feel right there? Honestly, I don’t know
how it’s supposed to feel. -Well, there’s…
-Feels nice, but… Everything’s new. It’s a big mystery. -All right.
-Okay. You’re all set and ready to go. In this process, it’s about
giving him a fundamental base.But ultimately,
it’s how he learns to learn.Pay attention to the guy.
‘Cause if you’re caught…What I’ve realized is this.
It’s a pattern.It’s reading the plays, being
light on your feet, and being tough.I’m not gonna take this lightly
because I’m here to compete,and I want the best for my life. Come on, Jordan! Finish!One thing that I’m really good at
is being able to adapt.You got it.I feel like I’ve played
a high level of rugby league.And now I feel like I want to
challenge myself to learn a new sport.Not to be naive, but just,really take onboard one of
the greatest games in the world.And prove everyone wrong
and challenge peoplethat someone who hasn’t played
the sport before can do it. I feel like I’m carrying five kilos.Most draft eligible NFL prospectshave years of college film
for coaches to evaluate.Jordan has nothing.But defying the odds is nothing new
for the Australian.When he was 17 years old, he was
diagnosed with a rare heart conditionthat nearly ended his athletic career.I got picked up in a rep squad for our
local team, the Canterbury Bulldogs.And during that pre-season,
I collapsed at training.And I had no idea why that happened.I thought it was just
because of my big sizethat I was just unfit.And, I needed to work on my fitness.It wasn’t until I collapsed
a second timethat the trainer sent me
to the doctor.I got checked out. He told me, “You’ve
gotta go to emergency straight away “because you have something wrong
with your heart.”Over the course of a year,
he underwent two surgeriesin the upper and lower chambers
of his heart,forcing him
to sit out of all activity.And that’s when I realized that I knew
what I needed to do for my bodyto perform to the best of my ability.I used that to get
into the National Rugby League teamin one of the teams down in Sydney,
the South Sydney Rabbitohs.And fortunately enough,
they gave me a run.And I tore it up,
not gonna lie, for them.In almost 100 years
of the National Football League,No foreign player
with zero American football experiencehas ever been drafted.Now, Jordan’s NFL audition
will take the form of a single tryout.Ironically, the same heart
that nearly killed his dreamcould now be the factor that saves it.Saturday’s combine features scouts
from across the Leaguewho’ll be documenting
a series of teststhat gauge athleticism, technique
and attention to detail.Each participant is timed, recorded,and compared to prospects
around the country.For Jordan and his comrades,
the margin for error is razor thin.I wanna be the guy that everyone
remembers for the right reasons.Works hard, last man in the room.And also just
doing it for me, I guess.Everyone can see that.
I want thisand this is something
that I see myself doing.You’re looking for a competitorbecause if you’re a competitor,
you find a way to get it done.Really, it’s a chance for them
to showcase themselves. Twenty one! You can’t change what’s gonna happen. You can just go out there
and be who you are.There aren’t that many guys
that can move like me.I’m a real tough competitor.Even though this is all foreign to me,I will catch up.I didn’t come to take part, man,
I came to take over.Obviously there are many
talented players in the United States,but I felt we can kind of expand that.The skill set, the athleticism,
all that stuff will come over time,but I’m looking for a guy that will
compete and wanna get better. Go!Jordan’s performance at the Pro Dayputs him among the top
offensive linemen in the country.I wasn’t nervous.
I was more just excitedjust to get through the drills
and get it done. And, yeah, I think we did well today. So I’m glad that it’s over now,
and that we’ve done it.The grueling
three-month schedule paid off.Now all he can do is wait.Jordan, you have
an interest evidently?Yeah, I’m quite surprised
at how much interestI’ve sparked up
in the last couple of months.The Redskins were the first team
that I visited. That was today.Now I’m going to Pittsburgh
to visit the Steelers.I also have a visit
with Philadelphia Eagles,Cleveland Browns, LA Chargers,
and Atlanta Falcons.This isn’t some curiosity case
or NFL PR thing.Looks like we’ve got this fun story
from Down Under, like, this is real.Teams are using
30-player visits on him.So every team gets
to meet with 30 players.They are using
some of those on this guybecause they wanna see
more out of him.Meaning they have full intention
of drafting him next week.The NFL Draft is an annual eventwhich allows all 32 teams
to restock their rosterswith the best
young players in America.After spending months scouting
the top names in college football,the teams compete against each other
for the perfect haul of new talent.General managers, coaches,
and owners race the clockto make their picks over seven rounds.The Cleveland Browns
select Baker Mayfield.Quarterback, Oklahoma.It is Baker Mayfield.If Jordan gets selected
by an NFL team,the earliest it is likely to happen
is on the Draft’s final daybetween the fourth and seventh rounds.A lot of things going through my head.I really can’t put them into words.I didn’t get much sleep last night,
so, yeah, I’m feeling very tired…I’m very excited as well, so, yeah, a lot of things
are happening, but excited and nervous
at the same time.This journey that I’ve been on with
the five other guys in the program,you know, every day was a grind,and, yeah, it has not been
a walk in the park.I think we all took a risk
coming here, so…I think it’s paying off and, you know,
they say hard work pays off.So, hopefully… You know, I know that
it’s just the tip of the iceberg.With the selections
beginning in the morningand going late into the afternoon,the wait for a career-changing
phone call can be excruciating.And it’s not just time
that hangs in the balance.It’s the course of his life.Green Bay. Green Bay. Oh, my God. False alarm. Hopped up too early. Can’t do much. Can’t do much. Just gotta keep waiting again. Hey, you got no credit, right? It’s been a long pause. Just nervous and anxious waiting…
Just waiting for that call. Waiting for the phone to blow up. Now I see what these few are up to.Here to bag the next pick
for the Green Bay Packers,please welcome Marine Corps veteran…Hello, Jordan speaking. -Jordan.
-Howie, how’s it going?I’m doing great, man. We just traded
up to get you in the seventh round.We’re picking you right now.
You’re an Eagle, bro.Congratulations, buddy.Thanks, Coach. Thanks, mate. Appreciate it, Coach.Hey, look, you got all the support
in the world here in Philadelphiato make you be
whatever you wanna be, okay? Yeah. Come here, man. Yes, Jordan! Yes, Jordan! Yes, Jordan! I’m proud of you, man.With the 233rd pick
in the 2018 NFL Draft,the Philadelphia Eagles selectJordan Mailata,
tackle, Sydney, Australia.Eagles, baby! Yes, Jordan! Got Jordan’s phone
as he calls his parents. I got the last pick. I can’t stop crying now. No, my hat… Cameras are filming me crying. It’s annoying. I’ll give you a call
I’m about to go onstage.Okay, baby.Give me your shirt. I need to…You’re about to see
absolutely no footageof him playing American footballbecause he’s a rugby player.He is 6’8″.Three hundred and almost fifty pounds.And his workout was nice.I really can’t explain
what I’m feeling right now.You know, it’s been a long journey
and it’s only beginning.This is the scary part, so…I think I’m just feeling
every single emotionthat I’ve been wanting to feel
for the last three, four months.But, yeah, it’s…
I’m completely blessed that I’ve been chosen
to be an Eagle, so…Can’t wait to begin my journey
at Philadelphiaand start earning my keep.Everyone wants that dream
of playing the Super Bowl.But I think, for me,
the dream right nowis to get on the field
and play my first game.And from there, set goals.They say potential is only talent
that hasn’t been fully realized.Only time will tell
how Jordan Mailata’s story will end.But one thing is certain…His journey will forever be remembered
as a monumental stepin pioneering
a new, international NFL.