Former NFL All-Pro running back Willis McGahee is trying out for the National Rugby Football League, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
McGahee will try out for the league at its combine Jan. 12-15 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. According to the league's website, the combine is geared toward "elite" athletes with the following qualifications:
• Willing to make a career change by entering the world of professional rugby/RuXV™
• Who is currently in top physical condition and base athleticism
• "cross-over" athletes who have already proven their status in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA
• Rugby players on a D1 club side in the U.S.A., Canada, or Tier 1 rugby nation
The NRFL intends to begin play in 2015 with six to 12 franchises.
McGahee last played in 2013 for the Cleveland Browns, rushing 138 times for 377 yards and two touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens and in 2011 as a member of the Denver Broncos. McGahee has four thousand-yard seasons over 10 NFL seasons, beginning in 2004 with the Buffalo Bills, who drafted him 23rd overall in the 2003 draft.
For his career, McGahee has 2,095 carries for 8,474 yards and 65 touchdowns.
- Mike Fiammetta