Polish player signs with NFL's Vikings!

Autor: Alex Zarganis Opublikowano dnia: 26 marca 2015 | Komentarze: 0

On Thursday, March 26, Babatunde Aiyegbusi, a member of the Polish National Team, signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, a team in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL is the world's foremost American football league. Aiyegbusi is the first Polish player to make his way to the NFL after beginning his adventure on the fields of the Polish League of American Football (PLFA).

Affectionately known as “Babs”, Aiyegbusi plays one of the sport's most important positions, left tackle on the offensive line, meaning he is usually responsible for protecting the blind side of the quarterback. Babs caught the eyes of NFL scouts at last week's Pro Day in San Antonio thanks to his massive 6'9'' (205 cm), 351-pound (159 kg) frame. After training and drills there, Babs was invited to a private workout with the Vikings, who almost immediately signed him to a contract.

“I just spoke to Babs,” reported PLFA President Jędrzej Stęszewski. “In his usual style, he told me that he'll be up to the task when he has to take on JJ Watt, the NFL's best defender.”

“Babs's contract is simply something from out of this world,” continued Stęszewski. “I might quote Krystian Zimerman, who reacted to the news of Rafał Blechacz's victory at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2005 with the comment, 'Man, you messed up good!'”.

“I am glad the Vikings coaches were able to recognize in Babs his conditioning and physical aptitude, combined with his fighting spirit and versatility. A lot of hard work is in front of him, particularly as one of the few players who didn't spend time in the NCAA athletic league. We are very proud of Babs. When he flew to Texas a few days ago, Poland's entire American football community had their fingers crossed for him. Now we can look forward to watching his career progress over the next few years,” Stęszewski concluded.

  photo: Marcin Warpechowski, www.plfa.pl

Babatunde Aiyegbusi – sporting biography
2015 Polish National Team
2015 Warsaw Eagles
2014 Dresden Monarchs (Germany) - German Football League (GFL) semifinals
2013 Polish National Team - Poland vs. Sweden
2013 Wroclaw Giants – PLFA champions (individual award – best offensive lineman)
2013 Polish National Team - Poland vs. Holland
2012 Team Europe - Euro-American Challenge
2012 Wroclaw Giants – Third-place in Czech league, EFAF Cup competition
2011 Wroclaw Crew – PLFA champions
2010 Wroclaw Crew – PLFA runner-up
2009 Wroclaw Crew – PLFA runner-up
2007 Wroclaw Crew – PLFA champions
2006 WKS Wrocław (basketball) – Second league Polish champions
2005 WKS Wrocław (basketball) – Polish junior champions

Babatunde Aiyegbusi – former coaches
John Leijten - Head Coach, Dresden Monarchs (Germany)
Markus Grahn – Offensive Line and Special Teams Coach, Dresden Monarchs (Germany)
Jacek Wallusch – Head Coach, Wrocław Crew, Wrocław Giants and Team Europe
Mark Philmore – Offensive Coordinator, Wrocław Crew, Wrocław Giants and Team Europe
Mott Gaymon – Head Coach, Wrocław Giants
Jacek Szuszkiewicz - Offensive Coordinator, Wrocław Crew, Asst. Offensive Coordinator, Wrocław Giants
Kirk Heidelberg - Head Coach, Team Europe
Maciej Cetnerowski – Head Coach, Polish National Team
Jason Blasko – Head Coach, Wrocław Crew


     photo: Facebook, Babatunde Aiyegbusi profile picture

 

Alex Zarganis
a.zarganis@plfa.pl
PLFA Press Bureau