Christian Scotland-Williamson has been with the Steelers since May last year. The former Worcester Warriors player decided to make the giant leap from rugby to the NFL and became part of the 2018 NFL’s International Player Pathway Program.
The program was introduced in 2017 with the aims to provide international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.
Being placed on the Steelers practice squad as their international player, Christian has spent the season learning his new sport with all its complexities. While he entered the program with the commitment and the desire to play football at the top level, he admitted the odds were stacked against him.
CSW also acknowledged he wasn’t scared to fail and that is the talk of someone who we can only wish the best for as the decision by the team on whether to keep him is made when they. Currently, players in the program are be eligible for an international player practice squad exemption.
Last December, the NFL announced that seven athletes from five countries will compete for a spot in this year’s International Player Pathway Program. Wasps winger Christian Wade will become part of this year’s program. The NFL will announce which teams they are allocated to later.
Here’s SteelerNationUK’s recognition of our man’s first season with the Steelers. May there be many more.
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