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Can Babatunde Aiyegbusi Bring Anything Besides Size To The Vikings?

Babatunde Aiyegbusi is a big guy. A huge guy. He is 6’9” and weighs 345 pounds. That is a whole lotta man right there. What the Minnesota Vikings are hoping is that he can bring something more than just size to the table; they signed him for the offensive tackle position after only one workout back in March.

His story began nine years ago in Poland where Babatunde was approached by a few guys who told him he should try playing American football. The sport was nothing more than a curiosity in Europe at the time, but the stories piqued his interest. He soon started playing in the Polish league, which was as good as you would expect it to be.

The word about Babatunde and his size reached Kevin Curtis, Texas Tech assistant coach who immediately wanted to bring him in. As it turned out, because Babatunde already played a year professionally in the German league, he was ineligible for the NCAA.

Thanks to Curtis’ former agent Jeff Griffin, Aiyegbusi found his way to San Antonio for a pro day. One of the first things he saw in Texas was a Tykes practice and he could not believe the intensity of the workouts and the fierceness of the game between nine and ten year-olds.

More than twenty scouts came to see his workout and the Vikings signed him the next day. Now, they are hoping that he is more than just a huge guy. Also, it is safe to say that the NFL fans (not just Vikings fans) are also looking forward to seeing Babatunde in action once the season starts. Of course, provided he earns a spot on the team.

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