AMERICAN FOOTBALL’S last Brit standing has prepared to take on Super Bowl star Patrick Mahomes by training with his girlfriend in a park.
Cleveland Browns punter Jamie Gillan from Inverness, who is known as the Scottish Hammer, is hoping to pull-off one of the biggest upsets in sport by shocking the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
Gillan moved to the States from Scotland in 2013Credit: Getty – Contributor
The huge underdogs take on quarter-back Mahomes’ defending champs just days after suffering a Covid crisis that caused them to close their training ground.
But ex rugby fly-half Gillan, 23, said: “I was just driving to the local field and my girlfriend would be throwing me the football to simulate a long snap.
“I’ve got this garage gym I’ve built, it’s freezing in there, but I get to workout in there so it’s awesome.
“We understand for everyone outside of the facility that this is a huge game and potential history-making.
“But we can’t think about it like that. Everyone knows the history, let’s go out there, take it to them and come out with a victory. We’re not done, we will keep going – balls to the wall.
“And when Patrick Mahomes has the ball in his hands, it’s a bit scary, so hopefully we can hold on to the ball more than they can.”
Patrick Mahomes led Kansas to the Super Bowl last yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Gillan, who gets stick for idolising England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, moved to America when he was a teenager.
And he got the nickname the Hammer after POPPING American Footballs with his huge boot when he was trying to break into the NFL.
He added: “They’re about $100 bucks a piece, so I got three and that tapped into my monthly allowance.
“I think it was just because it was freezing because down in Arkansas. I was out in the morning because I had to go before classes and I’ll be kicking in like -7 degree weather.
“So I think just a mixture of it being super cold and trying to kick as hard as I can. The whole bladder on the inside was completely burst. At the time they didn’t reimburse me in any footballs.
“Then the team sent me a bunch of footballs and it was like Christmas and they showed me how I’m supposed to treat them before I take them. So I learnt all that stuff!”
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