The National Football League has long looked to widen its international presence. Now, Fox Sports reports that may include Israel, as Israeli soccer player Gal Mesika has become the first athlete from the Jewish state to earn a tryout with the NFL:
Mesika, a 27-year-old from Herzeliya, Israel, was a goalie in top Israeli soccer leagues before he joined the Israeli national American football team last year as a kicker. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had a chance to see Mesika play when Kraft was in Israel promoting the game, and Kraft was impressed. Mesika then created a demo tape, which led to a chance to train with kicking coach Greg Zauner, one of the best in the United States.
Mesika improved his distance and accuracy through his work with Zauner, and the rest is history.