The Chicago Bears have confirmed Kiwi rugby convert Paul Lasike is part of their 53-man roster for the upcoming NFL season.
Lasike, 26, hasn't had an easy road to full-time status as a pro grid iron player though after being dropped by the Arizona Cardinals last year.
Lasike grew up as an elite Auckland rugby player, quickly rising to stardom in age grades, but opted out of the sport for American Football four years ago where he began his career at Brigham Young University in Utah.
The former Westlake Boys' High School went undrafted in the NFL before being recruited by Arizona for his powerful running style in his College years, but he failed to make the Cardinals' final roster and was soon contracted to the Chicago Bears to be part of their wider practice squad.
But an impressive and consistent preseason performance was enough from the fullback to make the final squad for Chicago this year.
Lasike simply said he was "blessed" on Twitter after the news broke.
The Chicago Bears' first game of the season is against the Houston Texans next Monday at 5am NZT.
The Bears have only one Super Bowl title which they claimed in 1985, beating the New England Patriots 46-10.
They failed to qualify for the playoffs last season after a record of six wins and 10 losses.
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