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New York Giants Training Camp Player Preview: RB Sandro Platzgummer

Can this budding running back from the International Pathways Program grab hold of a roster spot?

New York Giants running back Sandro Platzgummer is an exciting, under-the-radar player that’s experienced quite the journey in his goal to play in the NFL.

Born and raised in the small town of Innsbruck, Austria, Platzgummer has been playing football competitively since the age of 9 and played with a football program called Swarco Raiders Tirol, where he climbed his way up through various youth teams.

By 2015, he made his debut with his hometown Raiders on the first team. Following a breakout season, Platzgummer was voted "Young Star of the Year."

In 2019, the Raiders went undefeated for the first time in their history and won the Austrian Bowl against the Vienna Vikings, 42-34. Platzgummer had such an instrumental performance in their victory that he was named Player of the Game.

After the 2019 season, Platzgummer decided to take his game to the next level. He joined the NFL's International Player Pathway Program in hopes of fulfilling his dream of playing in the NFL.

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Soon after he entered the program, Platzgummer began to experience some pain in one of his knees, and he learned he had a cyst that needed surgery. During his procedure, the doctor confirmed that Platzgummer had a torn meniscus in the same knee.

Despite the setback, Platzgummer focused on rehab, remained active with the Pathway Program, and eventually regained full health about six weeks after his surgery.

In the 2020 off-season, he was assigned via the International Pathway Program to the Giants, who had him on their summer training camp roster and kept him on their practice squad that season, using a roster exemption.

He was back for the 2021 training camp and managed to record five snaps in the preseason. While he didn't make the 53-man roster, he was signed to the Giants practice squad.

This past off-season, the Giants re-signed him again. This time, however, his roster exemption status has expired, so he will look to hang around in some capacity as he continues his dream to play in an NFL regular-season game.

New York Giants running back Sandro Platzgummer runs drills during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
Aug 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Sandro Platzgummer (34) carries the ball against New York Jets defensive back Sharrod Neasman (35) and defensive end Carl Lawson (58) during the second half at MetLife Stadium.
Jun 7, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Sandro Platzgummer (34) participates in a drill during minicamp at MetLife Stadium.

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