NEW YORK: Wide receiver Anthony Dable could be set to become the only Frenchman playing in the National Football League after signing a contract with the New York Giants, it was confirmed on Thursday (Friday in Manila).
The New York Daily News said Dable had been signed by the Giants after impressing staff in a tryout in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Th 27-year-old arrives in New York after spending two seasons playing in Germany for the New Yorker Lions, the newspaper reported.
Dable, who cuts an imposing figure at 6ft 5in (1.95m) and 215 pounds (99 kilos), racked up 145 catches with 32 touchdowns in two seasons.
The New York Giants did not immediately respond to requests to comment on the signing.
However Dable confirmed the deal in a post on Twitter. “I had no idea when I woke up yesterday morning that my dream was about to be realized that afternoon,” Dable said.
“I would like to thank the New York Giants for offering me this opportunity.”
Only a handful of French players have ever joined the ranks of the NFL, most notably Richard Tardits, a linebacker for the New England Patriots who played between 1990 and 1992.
Three other French players signed contracts with NFL sides without playing a game — Sebastien Sejean (St Louis Rams), Philippe Gardent (Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers) and Marc-Angelo Soumah (Cleveland Browns).