In A League Of His Own
Congratulations to a Mr Cameron Craig from Scotland after he secured a contract to play American Football professionally in the US with the Las Vegas Cobras, an achievement made all the more impressive because he is one of the first UK players to win a professional contract without having gone through the US high school system. Mr Craig explains: “I know of only three or four UK-born NFL players at the moment and I think every single one went to school in the States. It’s unheard of to come from a school in the UK. I believe only one other person has done it. I think I’m the first Scottish person to do it.” It turns out Mr Craig knows all about beating the odds. Before he was even born, the 22 year old had to undergo two blood transfusions to prevent his heart rate from slowing down as a result of antibodies produced by his mother that were attacking his blood cells because they were incompatible with hers. If that was not enough, signs of fluid on Cameron’s spine increased the risk that he would be born with a severe disability. In the event Mr Craig was born six weeks early and thanks to the efforts of Professor Alan Cameron at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children he survived, and yes Mr Craig was named after the obstetrician who saved his life. If that wasn’t enough, when he was seven, Mr Craig was diagnosed with dyspraxia, a developmental disorder of the brain which causes problems with coordination and movement. According to dad Scott, as a child his son “bumped into walls and broke things”. Fast forward to January 2019 and the business student from Southampton University will start a training camp with the Las Vegas Cobras after his performances for the Southampton Stags caught the attention of a number of professional outfits. “It basically came out of nowhere,” said Mr Craig. “Before this happened I was going to graduate and do sales or consultancy work. I was quite nervous about telling my family. But they were nothing but supportive. I don’t want to have any regrets so I am going for it.” Touch down!