In the end, it came down to two teams -- the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers. The Seattle Seahawks were reportedly no longer in the running. Jarryd Hayne, the former rugby star who played for the Parramatta Eels and left the National Rugby League only four months ago for a chance at the NFL, officially picked the 49ers.
He made the announcement via a press conference. Much like the ones that high profile high school students make in order to announce which college they will attend. While it may be a footnote among US sports news, it was huge news to fans of rugby.
Hayne stated that he would receive $100k guaranteed from his new team and that his start date would be around April 10. He ran a 4.53 second 40-yard dash and looks to compete as a running back and possibly a return man on special teams.
Here is what he wrote on Instagram shortly after the announcement. Hopefully you can excuse the fact that he misspelled "San Francisco."
"I'm the worst christian I know but still gods favour reins over my life. Why, I'm not sure but I love ya big man. Without you I can achieve much. With YOU I can achieve anything. Incredible proud to join the 49ers franchise. To my family,friends n fans thank you for your love and support Looking forward to setting up in San Fransisco and doing what it takes to make the roster."