Just like Indiana Jones on the hunt for the Holy Grail, Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland embarked on an expedition to Florida in March to investigate reports of a gargantuan Australian rugby league player.
The mysterious Aussie, Jordan Mailata, was said to stand 203cm tall, weigh 157kg, possess arms as strong as sledgehammers and feet as swift as a gazelle.
Rumour had it the 21-year-old from Sydney's south-west was too big to play in Australia's NRL and if his dimensions were accurate he would be the biggest player on the just crowned Super Bowl champion Eagles.
Mailata had set up camp at one of the elite sporting facilities in the US, the IMG Academy, and during his workout an excited Stoutland began taking videos and sending them via his phone to the Eagles' front office in Philadelphia.
"He starts shooting you videos," Howard Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, told reporters on Saturday.
"You can't even load them because you have 40 videos on your phone."
At the NFL Draft in April the Eagles, worried another team would select Mailata, executed a deal with the New England Patriots to trade up in the seventh round to snare the South Sydney junior, who had never played a game of American football.
On Sunday, the Eagles announced they had cut their 90-man roster to the mandatory 53 for the regular season, which starts on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Eagles named Geelong-raised rookie punter Cameron Johnston in their squad, confirming the impact Aussie rules bred punters are having on American football.
It appeared from the outside Mailata might not make the 53.
Often project players are waived by their teams and re-signed to their practice squad rather than taking up a valuable place in the 53.
Roseman said that was not the plan.
Back in the war room during the April draft the Eagles' brains trust made the decision that Mailata would be "a two-year process" and would be a member of their squad.
"It's hard to find guys who are 6ft 8 and 360 pounds who can run like that and have the core strength that he has," Roseman said.
Mailata is an offensive tackle.
One of his main tasks is to prevent defenders from getting to the Eagles' quarterback or running back.
When you are as big, strong and agile as Mailata that is a decisive advantage.
During his four pre-season games the past month NFL analysts, former players and fans have marvelled at the way Mailata has made opponents - physically huge in their own right - appear like undersized boys.
What cemented Mailata's position in the 53 was his willingness during off- season workouts to do the hard yards to fulfill the potential Stoutland first saw in Florida.
"Certainly there's no guarantees," Roseman said.
"But we want to develop players and when you can find guys at hard to find positions it gets you excited."