JAY Ajayi is probably not acquainted to many British sports followers – however he ought to be now.
Draped in the Union Jack, the 24-yr-previous from East London turned the fifth British-born star to win a Super Bowl final night time.
Though he didn’t rating a landing in the Philadelphia Eagles' forty one-33 conquer the New England Patriots, Ajayi performed an important position of their journey to the massive recreation.
The likeable Arsenal fan is proud of his British-Nigerian descent, even when he left these shores at the age of seven.
Like many London lads, he idolises Gunners legend Thierry Henry, even when it is with the pig pores and skin relatively than the spherical ball the place he has thrived.
The 6ft and 16st "Jay Practice" even has a tattoo of Huge Ben on his arm, displaying his love of his residence nation.
And his journey to NFL poster boy is a real story of the American dream.
Ajayi's mum Kemi and dad Ibi relocated from London to Maryland in 2000 and they later moved to Texas.
There, the athletic teenager attended Frisco Liberty High Faculty on the outskirts of Dallas.
He proved to be a powerful monitor and subject athlete, and his highschool 4×100 metres relay group ran a speedy forty two.86sec.
Nevertheless it was with a soccer he excelled, dashing for 35 touchdowns in his highschool profession.
He virtually selected affiliation soccer over the American equal, with his dad appearing as his coach throughout his youthful years.
Ajayi advised The Occasions: "In my junior yr of highschool, I needed to determine which sport to pursue.
"I had alternatives in soccer however it concerned leaving the US. All my associates have been enjoying American soccer and I needed to be half of that."
And Ajayi clearly didn’t have any issues with reputation at highschool, he was homecoming king in 2010 and obtained to put on a crown.
Ajayi attended Boise State College, the place he had a scholarship and starred for the soccer group.
The truth is, he didn’t even full his full 4-yr eligibility with the school and entered the 2015 NFL draft.
He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins on an preliminary £1.77million-a-yr rookie contract, a king's ransom even Premier League footballers can be impressed with.
And profitable endorsements have adopted, together with a shoe deal with Adidas and he has even trademarked his own slogan "Yurp".
The operating again additionally boasts a powerful set of inkings all down his again.
One of his tattoos exhibits his spiritual aspect, with the phrases: "Father God beneath your eternal arms you’ll hold me, Amen."
Then he has the NFL emblem tattooed on the centre of his backbone and an image of the man himself on one knee praying, beneath an outline of Washington DC's Capitol Constructing.
For Ajayi, his profession modified course final yr, when his first membership, the Miami Dolphins traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles.
And the relaxation is historical past as he went on to attain for his new staff and assist run them to Super Bowl victory.