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From NFL Gridiron to U.S.A. Rugby Sevens - Miles Craigwell | by US Embassy New Zealand
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From NFL Gridiron to U.S.A. Rugby Sevens - Miles Craigwell

Until July, Miles Craigwell had never touched a Rugby ball. Yes, July of 2010. Now he's playing sevens for the U.S.A. Eagle.


Cut by the Miami Dolphins and faced with the choice of being a practise football player, Craigwell headed back to his native Boston. At just 24, Craigwell, who'd been a stellar college football player in the Ivy League at Brown University, was left to contemplate his future.


Back home something coincidental happened. You might even call it fate.


"I was sitting in a diner just eating," Craigwell said. "And I turned to look at the TV and the Collegiate Sevens on NBC were playing and I looked and I saw the athleticism out there, the pace of the game ... and I was just like this is what I want to play."


He was wowed.


He called his agent and told him to find whomever he needed to speak to. To make it happen. Soon he was in touch with U.S. Sevens coach Al Caravelli and was learning the basics of Rugby.


Within a couple of months he'd been called to duty for the national team and was heading abroad to play in the Dubai IRB Sevens tournament.


Craigwell and the other American players believe that, with Sevens Rugby becoming an Olympic event in 2016, there could be more crossover more:


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Taken on February 2, 2011