The Courier-Mail

Hayne pulls off monster long shot


JARRYD Hayne has overcome “lottery” odds to earn a spot in the NFL, with statistics revealing he had more hope of jagging top prize on a $2 scratchie.

A San Francisco 49er from this week, Hayne (pictured) has stunned Americans by defying the high attrition rate that, even among US college footballer­s, has 98 per cent fail to make the big time.

According to the NFL Players Associatio­n, only 1.6 per cent of college footballer­s make it to NFL. Worse, when it comes to high school grads, only 0.02 per cent make it.

Apart from having never played American football, the reigning Dally M medallist was clueless when it came to NFL playbooks and also sported a body built for NRL.

The TAB put the chance of Hayne doing what he has done in the vicinity of winning top prize on a $2 scratchie, about 1,500,000-1.

“You would have to say lottery odds, definitely,’’ TAB spokesman Matt Jenkins said.

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