From soccer to the NFL

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Cairo Santos a promising “soccer” player, aged 15 he left his home in San Paulo as a foreign exchange student to stay at St. Joseph’s Academy in St Augustine in Florida for one year to learn English whilst continuing playing the eleven side game.

One day he strolled onto the grid iron field with his mates and said to them “You’re supposed to kick the ball over that crossbar?”

He had a go from twenty yards and it sailed over, someone shouted “Who’s that?” Cario replied to the question and they asked him to try from thirty yards.

Then forty, then fifty, they all sailed over with ease and he was drafted into the college team and he soon sussed that his ability at soccer could be utilised playing grid iron as  field goal kicker , he carried on at high school via a college scholarship and he eventually signed for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 after starring for his college where he won the prestigious Lou Groza Award for the nations best college kicker in 2012

He was the first Brazilian to play professional in the NFL but he still has plans  to return to “soccer” and resume a career hopefully in Europe.








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