Former NFL player Cassh Maluia has found a new home in Major League Rugby (MLR) for the upcoming 2024 season. The Chicago Hounds have signed Maluia as an outside back, adding depth and experience to their roster.
Maluia’s journey to the MLR began when he was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, following a successful college football career at Wyoming. Despite being considered an under-the-radar prospect and an undersized linebacker, Maluia had the opportunity to showcase his skills as a special teamer with the Patriots.
During the 2020 season, Maluia made appearances in nine games, mainly on the practice squad. He primarily contributed on special teams and saw limited snaps on defense. However, his time with the Patriots came to an end when he was waived by the team during the 2021 training camp.
After his departure from the NFL, Maluia decided to switch gears and explore a new sport. He joined the Colorado XO, now known as the American Raptors, where he made his mark during the preseason mini camp. His impressive performance caught the attention of coach Sam Harris, paving the way for his signing with the Chicago Hounds.
The Hounds expressed their excitement about adding Maluia to their lineup in a recent press release. They believe his experience in the NFL and his versatility as an outside back will greatly benefit the team. With Maluia’s agility, speed, and tackling ability, the Hounds have gained a valuable asset for the upcoming season.
Maluia’s transition from the NFL to professional rugby highlights his adaptability and determination to continue his athletic career. While it may be a different field and set of rules, Maluia is ready to embrace the challenge and make a significant impact with the Chicago Hounds.
As the 2024 MLR season approaches, fans eagerly anticipate witnessing Maluia’s contributions on the field and how his NFL background will translate to success in professional rugby. The Chicago Hounds have undoubtedly acquired a talented player, and their supporters are excited to see what the future holds for this former NFL star in his new rugby journey.
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