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San Francisco 49ers Jarryd Hayne Uses Bible As Guide To NFL Career, Says Football Fails a Test of His Character and Faith

( [email protected] ) Apr 27, 2016 01:57 PM EDT
The exit of Jarryd Hayne from the rugby league had many eyebrows raised especially after he fumbled in his first ever season in the NFL. Amid the criticisms and discouraging remarks, the Hayne Plane remained firm with his decision to leave his comfort zone and pursue a new sport - one that has him hanging by a thread in terms of landing an actual contract. As a hotshot in the world of rugby, Hayne immediately came into the realization that he was a nobody in the NFL. Despite the challenges, the Australian star still opted to push through. Find out what keeps him going.
Jarryd Hayne celebrates with Australian fans after the San Francisco 49ers win against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. (Facebook/Jarryd Hayne)

The exit of Jarryd Hayne from the rugby league had many eyebrows raised especially after he fumbled in his first ever season in the NFL. Amid the criticisms and discouraging remarks, the Hayne Plane remained firm with his decision to leave his comfort zone and pursue a new sport - one that has him hanging by a thread regarding landing an actual contract. As a hotshot in the world of rugby, Hayne immediately came to the realization that he was a nobody in the NFL. Despite the challenges, the Australian star still opted to push through. Find out what keeps him going.

When the Hayne Plane got into the most beloved sport in the United States, the media spotlight was immediately focused on his progress. Throughout his journey, the public witnessed his ups and downs - with the last one demoting him to the practice squad after being part of the 53-man roster of the San Francisco 49ers. Speaking of his journey in the NFL, Hayne described it as trekking the "wild" and unknown parts of football. Moreover, the Australian star revealed that the words of the Bible helped him get past his failures and setbacks. 

"Every person in the Bible got put out in the wild," said Hayne when he talked about his NFL journey. "And God wanted to test their faith and see what they would rely on. And I felt like that, for me, was to come over here. To test my faith and who I am as a person. What I was worried about is can I have the courage to make the first step? And that for me is success. Being able to push yourself places that you never thought you'd go."

In another interview, Hayne reiterated how the Bible helped him make his decision to quit rugby and pursue professional football. Admitting that he relied heavily on his faith, the San Francisco 49ers star shared how he took his failures in the NFL as a test of his character as well. 

"My faith is everything to me," Hayne shared. "In the Bible where it says about making the impossible, possible and not being comfortable with where you're at and always looking to grow as a person."

At the moment, the Hayne Plane has not yet been officially signed by the San Francisco 49ers as part of their 53-man roster. However, Jarryd Hayne remains optimistic that his decision to leave rugby and pursue professional football in the United States is the right move for him. What do you think? Did Jarryd Hayne make the right decision? Or should he return to Australia to play rugby again?

Tags : NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Jarryd Hayne, Hayne Plane