Even though he was drowning in doubt, Jarryd Hayne proved the naysayers wrong when he made his NFL debut in 2015. 

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Hayne made an incredible transformation from being a rugby league superstar to San Francisco 49ers punt returner despite having never previously played American football before. 

All of Australia eagerly watched on in his debut and every game after that. 

However after playing eight games, it seems the magnitude of his achievement has been overshadowed by the debut of another convert over the weekend. 


25-year-old Mason Cox impressed AFL fans everywhere with a stunning debut at the Anzac Day clash with Essendon and Collingwood. 

Cox came from the US with a background in soccer and basketball and before he was invited from Los Angeles to an AFL draft scouting combine in 2013, had never heard of AFL. 

So, it seems Cox has outshone Hayne’s efforts with many believing Cox’s achievements on Monday were far more impressive than what Hayne had been able to do in his time over in the US. 

Journalist Patrick Smith was even quoted saying “[Hayne’s] doing bugger all, what’s he done? He went over there and fumbled … when they wanted somebody to fumble they’d put out the special squad with Jarryd in it”. 



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