Rainham youngster Aaron off to Germany to develop American Football career
PUBLISHED: 15:28 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:28 22 March 2018
Rainham’s rising American Football star Aaron Jackson is jetting off to Germany to play in one of Europe’s highest profile leagues in the sport.
The 19-year-old will be joining the Lubeck Cougars in GFL as he looks to keep developing his career and he is looking forward to the challenge.
The former Chafford School student is still hoping to go across the pond and study at a college while playing his beloved sport.
“It’s quite unheard of and rare for someone to go from playing under-19s in the UK to the GFL,” Jackson said.
“Germany is the highest level in Europe for American Football and everyone wants to play there so I know it’s going to be a huge step-up for me.”
The Essex Spartans Academy youngsters believes it’s an opportunity he had to take – despite being unsure at first.
He has visited the town, met the coaches and trained with the side already, and will fly out today (Friday) ahead of the new season.
“Playing for the Essex Spartans I had a highlights video on the internet,” he revealed.
“The team in Germany look to recruit new players each year and try to build up their roster and they ended up reaching out to me about playing out there.
“After some discussions I was thinking about whether I should go or not before deciding to go.
“It’s an opportunity that I couldn’t miss.
“The whole level of play goes up from there and I can’t wait to start my first international season with the Cougars under-19 and seniors.”
The Atlanta Falcons fan revealed how he originally got into the sport back in 2014 before eventually joining the Spartans.
“It all started when I was in secondary school,” he added.
“It was rugby season and we were training and our PE teacher, who was a massive NFL fan, asked us if we wanted to play American Football-style rugby.
“At the time I had no idea what it was, I just thought it was a random sport to be honest. We started to play it and I really started to like it.”
Jackson is now setting his sights on a college career in America after his German exploits, adding: “My dream is to go out and play in America for a college. One person from the team I’m going to has gone on to play in NFL and other have gone to college so it shows promise.”
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