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St Mary’s student signs for New Orleans Saints

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St Mary’s University College

3rd Apr 2024

St Mary’s University College MSc Sport and PE for Young People student Charlie Smyth has signed to play in the NFL next year with the New Orleans Saints.

Charlie is the first Irish person to sign via the NFL International Player Pathway scheme. As a result he will now be swapping his MSc at St Mary’s for a life changing opportunity in New Orleans with the Saints as an NFL kicker.

As an 18 year old he emailed the NFL to enquiry how he could play American Football and he will now have the opportunity to live that dream. The 22 year old will link up with the Saints in their international player spot, of which every NFL team has one. Smyth impressed at the International Player Pathway Pro-day kicking a 63-yard goal in the last days of training, just three yards shy of the NFL record.