Gridiron next on Adongo’s list

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 26 Jul 2013 at 09:27
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Former Sharks, Bulls, Counties and Kings utility forward Daniel Adongo has, somewhat amazingly, secured a contract to join the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL.

Adongo, a hugely impressive physical specimen who some feel has battled thus far to really get a “feel” for rugby, spent his formative years languishing in the Sharks’ age-group system after finishing school in his native Kenya. At a shade over 1.95m and able to run the hundred in under 11 seconds (or so we were told), developing Adongo into a rugby player would have been a real coup for any union that could pull it off. The Sharks first saw him as a Lomu-style winger, then a ridiculous-fast blindside and then eventually a lock and while many felt that he was probably close to a breakthrough in Durban, he accepted a move to Pretoria, where the Bulls seemingly offered him the promise of first-team game time that never went on to materialise.

Adongo seemed to do well in New Zealand, where he went next; I guess the greater emphasis on individual coaching of skills there helped him, but again, rather than “doing his dues”, he returned to South Africa and the prospect of a Super Rugby place with the Kings. He won five caps during their maiden campaign, but only started once and was, to be fair, a far more regular member of the EP Kings Vodacom Cup team than the Super Rugby one.

And now Adongo is off again, to be turned into a “line backer” by maverick Colts boss Ryan Grigson, after he had to cut a player from his roster for getting a little too fond of stimulants. While it’s an interesting move for Big Dan, one does wonder whether continually “resetting to zero” like he does every time he moves is actually doing his development any good. Let’s hope he comes right and goes on to become the first rugby player to make a really successful transition to the NFL.


  • Wow interesting development! Will keep an eye out for him

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.07.13 09:43:40 by RuckingFun Reply
  • Naas was great at gridiron!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.07.13 09:44:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • He must think that Pearl Jam’s Off He Goes is his theme song.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.07.13 09:45:59 by Butchie34 Reply
  • A guy with huge arms, huge legs, huge potential but apparently also a huge head. πŸ™„

    He could have been something with the Sharks, but then the blue cancer stuck their grubby little paws into our salad (much like they tried with PSdT) and effectively killed whatever progress the Sharks had made.

    Apparently Adongo managed to beat all of Spies’s off field bulls “super athlete” records.

    A shame that on field Adongo also became a similar player to Spies, who loves doing the flashy pretty work, but shrugs his man-responsibilities far too often in favor of hanging around the girls in the backline. 😈

    Man, I’m still disappointed that he moved on from the Sharks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.07.13 09:50:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Good move financially if he can make it – average salary for a linebacker in the NFL is around $1.2m – a bit more than any rugby player that I am aware of earns. Of course if he really does well and gets into the league of the top linebackers like Tamba Hali or David Harris of the Jets he could make around $12million per annum.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.07.13 10:08:07 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 5) : yeah he`s in the money now, if he stays injury free he might make enough to come back and buy the sharks!

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.07.13 10:10:50 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 6) : there’s also the small matter of mastering the extensive playbook he’ll be required to learn. If you thought rugby’s laws were hard to learn…

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.07.13 10:15:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ok 😐

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.07.13 10:15:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • :Rob: Theyve got laws 😯 Who wouldve thought?

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.07.13 10:17:13 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Interesting move. Seems he couldn’t settle into any squad, so hopes he does well overseas!

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.07.13 10:18:01 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 5) : Colts linebacker Robert Mathis is on a 4 year deal for $36m – $9m per annum. Eric Walden gets $8m. The lowest paid player in their squad – one Daniel Adonga – is being paid $405 000 pa. That in a squad of 86 players

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.07.13 10:23:30 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 11) : Not bad for somebody who’s never played the game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.07.13 10:24:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 11) : so what, at current exchange rate, that’s about R4 Bar?

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.07.13 10:25:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Yup!

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.07.13 10:31:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : Why has the development of this player being blamed on the Blue Bulls? Seriously mate, its his own fault for moving in the first place, and his own fault he is not where he is suppose to be development wise. The bulls gave him a opportunity and he obviously did not use it.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.07.13 10:36:33 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 15) : It’s just easier blaming the Bulls!

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.07.13 10:42:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 15) : @Pokkel (Comment 16) : Not easier to blame the Bulls, just so much more fun. 😈

    It is indeed the players and their parents who are foolish enough to fall for the Bulls’ filthy lucre, knowing they’ll probably never grow into anything as a player.

    As jy dom is moet jy sukkel. The smart ones stay with the Sharks. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.07.13 10:47:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) : also a lot more satisfying.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.07.13 10:47:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) : +1

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.07.13 10:49:45 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : @Pokkel (Comment 12) : $405k is the prescribed minimum that can be paid to a first year rookie. Season credits increase the minimum annually.
    The crazy thing, aside from the salary bill an NFL team has to fund, is the number of players who never get on the field – a match day squad is 46 players with 11 on the field at any one time. The rest of the broader group are on what they call the IR or inactive roster.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.07.13 11:02:07 by steve Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Yet the Sharks dont have any super cups to show… mmmm
    Rather be honest about it πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.07.13 11:03:46 by Uli Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 20) : So the IR guys are literally being paid to stay fit?!…..HECTIC, I’ll take a job where I get paid to stay fit.

    Right now, my fitness regime is costing me time and money. πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.07.13 11:08:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : πŸ˜€ Perhaps that’s why the Collegiate Football rules around passing and amateur status are so strict.
    I’ve long thought that rugby should have introduced a similar concept on moving to professionalism – amateur Varsity Cup type competition with education prescribed until U21 and then a draft system into the pro franchises.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.07.13 11:09:46 by steve Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 21) : I take it that I’m talking to your bulls supporter personality today. πŸ™„

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.07.13 11:10:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : No just keep it real πŸ˜›

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.07.13 11:16:06 by Uli Reply
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  • Come on Uli, out with it! You are a Bull Supporter and proud of it! (flicking fingers and waving arms) πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.07.13 11:27:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Worst vegetable to have on a ship?

    A leek. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.07.13 11:51:40 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : Wassup McLovin!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.07.13 12:26:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 28) : Not much. Koel & kalm. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.07.13 12:38:08 by McLovin Reply

  • @steve (Comment 23) : Not enough money in the systems.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.07.13 12:53:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • It appears they have had their eye on Adongo for a while. They cut a tightend and replaced him with a OLB. Adongo’s job is going to be to try and take the QB’s head off.

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.07.13 12:57:11 by lostfish Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 1) : stupid boy…maybe he is looking at a long term future for the Eagles…even sevens and his is just to cash in, his agent looks like a talented man. He has always kept Dan in the headlines somehow…

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.07.13 13:24:51 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Sorry rucking fun added you by accident I ment Dan is a stupid boy for attempting to go NFL….

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.07.13 13:27:25 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 1) : sorry added by accident

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.07.13 13:28:16 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 33) : He would have been stupid not to pursue an opportunity like this.

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.07.13 14:35:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 30) : I’m not sure why you think that funding would be the issue. The major sports varsities can and do fund substantial sports programs – especially rugby. Based on the crowds for big Varsity Cup games as compared to the handful of family and friends who turn out to U19,21 and Vodacom Cup matches I think that a Collegiate system could work and based again on the Varsity Cup sponsors are interested. The franchises would then only have to pick up the tab from the senior pro level.

    Throw in a draft system from College so that talent gets spread around and the whole package is healthier.
    idealistic and I know that vested interest would never support it but I think that the numbers could work particularly when you factor in the cost carried by the unions in funding their junior structures.

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.07.13 15:16:33 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 36) : That would only work if rugby as an entire body adopted in across the board in all different countries. Why would a schoolboy stay in South Africa and play if he would have to wait until he was 21 to start playing professionally when he could just go to England, Australia or New Zealand and start playing right out of high school.

    I can see where you are coming from but in South Africa it just wouldn’t work. In the US some college games draw 100 000 people to the stadiums. The Springboks can’t even draw that many supporters to a stadium for their regular games. To put it into perspective, the Michigan Wolverines had over 200 consecutive games where they had crowds of over 100 000 people. College football games also cost anywhere from $50 – $600 depending on the games. How many SA uni students would pay even R50 to go and watch the college teams play?

    College football is big in the US and some teams get more crowds in the stadiums (and have bigger stadiums) than many NFL teams. The US also has blackouts where the game isn’t shown on tv in the town that the game is being played in to encourage people to go to the game rather than watch it at home.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.07.13 22:42:53 by lostfish Reply
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  • Geeez I remember the angst around here when Adongo left the Sharks for the Bulls. Mass hysteria about how stupid the Sharks were to let him go and how the Bulls would turn him into a Bok.

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.07.13 10:23:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Everytime this lad turned out for the Kings, he looked impressive to me, so hell knows why there was not more investment in the lad. Made no sense to me at all

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.07.13 13:44:14 by Saffex Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 37) : I agree that the discussion is academic. I just think that a compulsory education as pre qualifier for stepping up to the pro ranks would be in the individuals best interests given the high failure rates in pro rugby (as in the NFL). I also think that the existing junior provincial and Vodacom Cup structures simply don’t capture the imagination of the rugby public – Varsity Cup seems to have done so.

    Having attended a few college football games in the US I concur that you cannot begin to compare the economic muscle driving College football with Varsity rugby or indeed even rugby at the highest professional level. I wasn’t trying to make that comparison when talking funding but rather to compare a hypothetical expanded Varsity Cup type tournament to the existing U19 – 21 CC and Vodacom Cup feeder structures to the game at senior pro level.

    Right now the unions and Sarfu foot the bill for the latter and crowds at those games are virtually non existent. Varsity Cup crowds (albeit non paying as they are at many of the junior provincial games) as well as, more importantly, TV audiences are significantly larger suggesting to me that properly packaged Varsity rugby could have been a better alternative all round in terms of audience appeal and player development and well being. anyway as you said – all academic!

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.07.13 14:32:00 by steve Reply


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