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Colts add star to European Football League through NFL International Program

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NFL starters don’t always come from the most obvious places. For this reason, the league created an NFL International Player Pathway Program in 2017.

In the program’s sixth season, each of the four teams that make up the AFC South will add an international player. The Indianapolis Colts get defensive back Marcel Dabo.

Dabo played for Stuttgart Surge in Germany last season and secured a place in the 2021 European Football League All-Star Team. He also won the ELF Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

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The NFL created the International Player Pathway Program to “strengthen the international player pipeline” and “to provide top international athletes with an opportunity to compete at the NFL level.”

The ultimate goal of the program is for international players to be good enough to earn a spot on the NFL rosters.

Each year of the program, the NFL assigns a worthy international player to four teams in the same division. This year, due to a random draw, the AFC South will be that division.

The four AFC South teams will have their assigned national player in their roster until the end of the training camp. Then the players in the program are eligible for a practice team exemption at that time.

Essentially, the Colts can promote an additional player on their practice team if they keep Dabo after practice camp.

The international players released from the training squad can be included in the active squad during the season like the normal players of the training squad.

Here are the four participants in this year’s program:

With those four additions, the NFL has assigned 24 players to clubs over the six years of the program. All four players named to the NFC West teams last year and the four players assigned to the NFC East teams in 2020 are still training in the league.

In Dabo, the Colts get one of the best young defensive backs in the Europa League last season.

He recorded 28 tackles and an interception for the Stuttgart Surge. He also returned kickoffs for the club.

At the NFL International Combine last October Dabo recorded the fastest 40 yard dash time for all competitors. Second place wasn’t even close either, as Dabo clocked a time of 4.525 seconds. No other player had a time under 4.59 seconds.

Colts writer Jake Arthur of Sports Illustrated wrote that if Dabo had practiced at the 2022 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, his practice results “would have been among the most explosive cornerback results in this year’s draft class.”

Dabo is one of seven defensemen the Colts added to their roster this offseason. Joining Dabo as a rookie in the secondary school is Maryland defenseman Nick Cross, who was selected by the Colts in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

At the NFL International Combine last October Dabo recorded the fastest 40 yard dash time for all participants. Second place wasn’t even close either, as Dabo clocked a time of 4.525 seconds. No other player had a time under 4.59 seconds.



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