“I also have a good feeling because I was invited a second time. They told me at the time that they wanted me back with them. It gave me a lot of confidence, so I am very convinced that it will work, “said Misangumukini, who returned to Austria in early April after a training camp in the United States. Now it’s time for the 1.90 m tall and 117 kg big player to wait and train.
As in previous years, participants in the international development program only find out after the draft whether they can subsequently recommend themselves to an NFL team. With Sandro Platzgummer (New York Giants) and Bernhard Seikovits (Arizona Cardinals), two Austrians have already reached the training squad in this way. Misangumukini, who was in the IPP camp last year but was injured there, stressed the status of domestic football. “The people in charge at the site said that from now on they will have an Austrian every year. Because the players are very well trained and good athletes. ”
The Austrians are heading into the NFL
Last but not least, Raimann makes sure that this impression is not misleading. The draft takes place from April 28 to April 30 this year, and the 24-year-old is considered a candidate for an early round of the seven rounds. The Burgen native, who took the plunge to the United States and Central Michigan College via the Vienna Vikings, would even be the first Austrian to be drafted.
In the past, it was not just kickers Toni Fritsch, Toni Linhart and Ray Wersching who showed that there are other ways into the NFL. Raimann is about to take the plunge through college. Platzgummer and Seikovits have, after all, already achieved preseason assignments via the IPP camp and are also under contract for the upcoming season, the former Tyrolean raider Platzgummer even the third in a row.
Hoping for the next recording
Misangumukini hopes to be at least in the training squad for a team this fall. A year ago, in particular, his injury prevented a possible placement with an NFL team. “The injury was a big cause, but maybe I was not professional enough last year. Everything was new to me there.”
The second attempt offered a new environment, with the camp not being held in Florida as in previous years, but at the facility of former football player Lecharles Bentley in Arizona. They trained diligently over a period of about two months, and the twelve graduates also attended Pro Day at Arizona State University. There, the talents could show off the 29 NFL teams present.
“Always positive feedback”
Compared to the other IPP players, Misangumukini sees himself at the top. “This year there were very good people again, including three college players in the beginning. But a year before that, it was better football players with more experience. This year, the players were physically good, but some had no football experience. I felt like I was one of the better guys because I was there last year and I’ve been playing football for a long time. “
Misangumukini (“I’ve actually always received positive feedback”) is also in good spirits because he can not just be used as a defender. “I can also play on special teams, which is also the more realistic way for me to get a job on an NFL team. If a coach says I have to run on a kick or a punt, then I do,” he stressed. the former junior international, who once also played with Raimann, Seikovits and Platzgummer.They all have their share in the domestic series of five U19 European Championship titles in a row.Now they could see each other again in the NFL this fall and it would not once come as a surprise.