Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 02 December 2011 17:36    PDF Print Write e-mail
American Footballers in Dubai
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Former gridiron players are getting a shot at rugby at the Dubai 7s in the Men's Veterans bracket.

Playing for the Kuwait Scorpions, Michael Brimley and Markas Morton, who both had NFL looks with the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins, respectively, are now in the US Army and decided to give rugby a try.

"I've still got a lot of love for contact sport and rugby is a little easier on the body," Brimley told the Gulf News. "There are less collisions than NFL or at least the collisions are not that great."

Brimley said he handles the ribbing about all the padding in football fairly easily, and says it takes a different mind set to hit an opponent when you're not encased in padding.

"We lower our shoulder and they say we hit too hard, but I take that as a compliment," he said.