An Update on Louis Rees-Zammit’s NFL Journey

June 28, 2024 by Staff

Louis Rees-Zammit's bold decision to leave rugby six months ago to pursue an NFL career has captivated sports fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Welsh rugby star, known for his exceptional speed and agility, embarked on a transformative journey that led him to the NFL's International Player Pathway (IPP) program. ‘Rees-lightning’ fans will now have to watch out for him in the NFL, rather than during live rugby fixtures like the upcoming Wales test matches.

Securing a Contract

During the rigorous 10-week IPP program, designed to prepare international athletes for American football, Rees-Zammit's athletic prowess was put to the test. He trained intensively, honing new skills and adapting his rugby talents to the NFL.

His efforts culminated in an impressive performance at the NFL Pro Day, where he showcased his speed with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. Despite initial frustrations with his performance in certain drills, his athletic ability shone through in other areas, catching the attention of several NFL teams.

Money Talks

Rees-Zammit's dedication and potential were rewarded when he signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, the reigning Super Bowl champions.

This contract, worth $2.85 million over three years, with an average annual salary of $950,000, marks a significant milestone in his career. The Chiefs, known for their innovative and dynamic  offence, saw in Rees-Zammit a unique asset who could bring fresh energy to the team.

Impressive Performances

Since joining the Chiefs, Rees-Zammit has continued to impress both coaches and fans. His performances during the rookie mini-camp and training sessions have been promising, displaying not only his speed but also his adaptability and determination.

Legendary Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has praised Rees-Zammit's diligence and rapid progress. “He’s so diligent with everything and wants to be so good at everything,” Reid noted, highlighting the Welshman's commitment to adapting to his new sport.

Support and Encouragement from Teammates

Rees-Zammit's integration into the team has been seamless, with support from star teammates like Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. Their encouragement and guidance have been invaluable as he navigates the complexities of the NFL playbook and builds chemistry with his new teammates.

The Road Ahead

As Louis Rees-Zammit continues to develop his skills and adapt to the demands of American football, the sports world eagerly anticipates the impact he will have with the Kansas City Chiefs. His journey is a remarkable example of how dedication and talent can transcend sporting boundaries.