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If you have been watching Game of Thrones, and it seems that just about everyone has, then you know all about the man who is called The Mountain That Rides. The actors name is Hafthor Bjornsson, and believe it or not, he could have been an Indianapolis Colt.
According to sources from the website SportsGrid, Colts owner Jim Irsay thought about signing the giant man to the squad back in 2013. Even though Bjornsson never played football in any way, there really is no way to not find out somehow about a man that is 6’9” and weighs 420 pounds.
In fact, Irsay even tweeted about him once back in 2013, calling him simply “The Icelander.”
While his size is something that cannot be ignored, his lack of any football experience is clearly a problem.
However, according to reports, the Colts were looking to possibly take a chance and sign him last year. You figure that someone who is that athletic in build would be able to learn how to protect a quarterback in the league.
Bjornsson is a former strongman competitor and unfortunately, he has had a string of knee injuries, which is why he never got into playing any kind of contact sports.
Bjornsson used to play basketball, but he ended up hurting his knee very badly. After the injury, he decided to leave sports that could put him at risk for these types of injuries, and he decided to focus on weight lighting and strength competitions instead.
It seems that everything turned out well for Bjornsson in the end. He is on a hit television show and more people know him now than would ever know about him as a blocker trying to protect franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. We are sure that he probably makes just as much money on Game of Thrones as the Colts could have offered him to join the team and learn how to play football while risking injury.
Bjornsson doesn’t seem like he is upset that he didn’t get a chance to play football either, and he is probably looking at a lot of television and perhaps even movie work in his future thanks to the success of Game of Thrones.