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New Zealand Mormon Chases NFL Dream

“If Nic Purcell manages to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster this fall, it could be one of the greatest underdog, feel-good stories in a long time,” reports the Deseret News.

The article continues: “Purcell, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound, offensive tackle from Auckland, New Zealand, didn’t set foot on a football field until he was 24.”

The newspaper reports that Purcell grew up in Auckland, served a two-year Mormon mission in Kiribati, married and then moved to the United States.

Read the full article in the Deseret News.

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