Rugby Star Greg Inglis Drawing NFL Interest

Australian rugby star Greg Inglis is reportedly drawing interest from the National Football League, Peter Badel of The Sunday Mail (Queensland, Australia) reports.

"I've had inquiries from just about every sport, including (the NFL)," Melbourne Storm manager Allan Gainey said. "They've got some scouts out here and a few of the scouts thought Greg would be a sensation in the game.

"It's something that might interest Greg down the track. He'd have time to fly over there this year for a look around and to test himself out, but his preference is to stay at the Storm."

"There are definite opportunities for Greg Inglis in the NFL," OzPunt's Cameron McGillivray said. OzPunt is an Australian Punting and Kicking Academy that helps Australians develop their abilities to earn college scholarships and opportunities in the NFL. For example, New England Patriots punter David King trained at OzPunt.

"We've sent tapes of him to NFL clubs and I know for a fact, if Greg was keen, there would be four clubs who would take him tomorrow," McGillivray added. "If Greg is interested, there is an offer for him to attend a mini-camp, where under NFL rules he would be allowed to trial for three days."

Inglis, 23, was the Golden Boot Award winner in 2009, which is presented annually to the best rugby league player in the world. The 6-5, 238-pound Inglis has reportedly drawn interest from the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills.

Inglis has primarily played the "centre" position, but has been used as a "fullback" or "winger" during his rugby career. Given the skill-sets of those particular positions, and Inglis' combination of size and athleticism, he could be looked at as a tight end/H-back on offense, or as an outside linebacker on the defensive side of the football.

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