Vikings' Babatunde Aiyegbusi is enormous, even by NFL standards
The Vikings announced Thursday that they had signed the 6-9, 351-pound Aiyegbusi, an offensive tackle born in Olesnica, Poland.
NFL offensive linemen are often described as "massive," "behemoths," and just about every other synonym describing their prodigious girth. But even in the land of the enormous Babatunde Aiyegbusi stands out.
The Vikings announced Thursday that they had signed the 6-9, 351-pound Aiyegbusi, an offensive tackle born in Olesnica, Poland. By comparison, Vikings tackle Phil Loadholdt measures in at a diminutive 6-8 and a svelte 343 pounds.
Aiyegbusi's week started in Texas where he took part in in the pro day at the University of Texas-San Antonio. On Wednesday, he worked out for the Vikings and a day later he was signed.
The 27-year-old never played college football but he spent the last few years in the Polish American Football League where he apparently dominated.
"He took up the whole screen man," Aiyegbusi's agent Jeff Griffin said of the YouTube clip above, according to ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright. "We talked. He told me his story, how he just wanted an opportunity to work out for people. I had three guys I represent down here at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and we had just gotten confirmation there would be 18 to 20 teams out for pro day. So I asked him what we needed to do about getting a visa to get him over here to the States. He said he'd find out. ...
"We secured a visa in about a week and a half," Griffin said. "Normally, it takes a long time, like 10 days for them to sit down and meet with you to discuss you coming over here. But I think everybody in Poland got behind this kid."
If Aiyegbusi defies the odds and makes the Vikings' roster, he'd be the fifth Polish-born player in NFL history, joining kicker Rich Szaro (1975-79), kicker Chester Marcol (1972-80), defensive tackle Jason Maniecki (1996-98) and kicker Sebastian Janikowski (2000-present).
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