Polish import Babatunde Aiyegbusi learning a lot in attempt to make Vikings

AP

With rosters at 90 players across the NFL, there are plenty of players making long shot bids for a chance to stick with a team into the regular season.

Offensive lineman Babatunde Aiyegbusi is one of the longest of those shots. The Vikings signed the massive (6-9, 350 pounds) Polish blocker, who has played professionally in Poland and Germany after taking up the game at 18, this offseason following a workout and one of the things he’s learned so far is that being bigger than everyone isn’t the same advantage in the NFL as it is in Europe.

“I consider myself as a smart guy, so I feel like I can handle the playbook,” Aiyegbusi said, via the Associated Press. “But still, in Europe, my physique was good enough for beating everyone. And down here, you guys are big and strong. And they’ve got good technique. If he’s not stronger than you, he’s probably got better technique and knows what you will do before you do it, actually.”

Aiyegbusi says he’s trying to “catch up” with his more seasoned teammates, something that’s made harder by working with a playbook that’s in English. Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson says Aiyegbusi has been “completely coachable,” but added that it’s a process that requires patience because they can’t teach him everything at once after starting from square one.

If the Vikings continue to like the potential they see in Aiyegbusi, he’ll likely land on their practice squad coming out of camp so that they can continue to build his game in hopes that he makes an impact in the future. If not, he promises to take everything he’s learned and go “back home one day and then teach” other Poles about football to help the game grow in his homeland.

39 responses to “Polish import Babatunde Aiyegbusi learning a lot in attempt to make Vikings

  1. Didn’t he call out JJ Watt when he was initially signed?

    Seems like if he doesn’t know the playbook, technique, and makes decisions like that, he shouldn’t be considering himself a “smart guy.”

  2. He has the physical skills, he just needs to learn the mechanics of American football. If anyone can accomplish this, Coach Zimmer can. Skol!

  3. he’s got a better chance of sticking with the bottom feeding Vikes than almost any other franchise

  4. He does have the most unpronounceable name among all NFL players — and there are some doozies there besides him.

    But I do know of one other even-more-famous Babatunde.

    Babatunde Olatunji recorded several albums for Columbia label in the 1950’s — including Drums of Passion — considered a classic in the world music field.

  5. Hahahah! The Vikings make it so easy! Hahahah!

    Its almost like there is a Viking joke of the week on here.

  6. I would love to see this guy take over Kalil’s job. I would rather see an underdog step up and take over a starting position, than to watch the #4 pick struggle week in and week out.

  7. This guy is the perfect example of why the NFL needs a minor league system. That way, he could develop his game for a year or two against more legitimate competition before coming up to the NFL.

  8. I don’t get the hate. Here is a long shot guy, a nice enough fellow, trying his best and a team willing to give him a shot. It is a nice under-dog, feel good story. Sorry if that offends those of you who live on the dark side.

    Go Babatunde!

  9. themeccalambeaufield says:
    Jun 22, 2015 11:48 AM

    Hahahah! The Vikings make it so easy! Hahahah!

    Its almost like there is a Viking joke of the week on here.
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    What’s the joke? Some guy trying to fulfill his dream in the NFL?

  10. I’d love to see this guy make it. He knows his limitations. It would be great to see him prevail.

  11. He really is starting at the bottom and has too many disadvantages. He should have gone to the CFL and gotten some good coaching.

    Practicing in a T-shirt and shorts doesn’t do a lot for offensive linemen.

    Playing the last 2 minutes of a vikings preseason game won’t get him the game film he needs to catch on elsewhere.

    Then again he very well could be one of the top 8 OL on the vikings and start the 2nd half of the season.

  12. IF he makes it to the Vikings practice squad other teams probably will not take him because he will be so tied to the Vikings scheme and language and not enough background to reteach easily. That means the VIKINGS will have a whole year to make him a backup for a few years. The guy is a beast.

  13. How are the Vikings a joke for trying to give a guy with physical talent a shot? He’ll just be cut if it doesn’t work out. There is no reason to troll this article.

  14. hakunamangata says:
    Jun 22, 2015 11:16 AM

    Didn’t he call out JJ Watt when he was initially signed?

    Seems like if he doesn’t know the playbook, technique, and makes decisions like that, he shouldn’t be considering himself a “smart guy.”
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    He didn’t call out JJ Watt. He said his goal would be to be good enough to take on JJ Watt. A big difference. He was actually paying respect to Watt.

  15. longsufferingkcfan says:
    Jun 22, 2015 12:31 PM
    This guy is the perfect example of why the NFL needs a minor league system. That way, he could develop his game for a year or two against more legitimate competition before coming up to the NFL.
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    The nfl already has a minor league. It’s called the Minnesota Vikings.

  16. If he performs well enough for backup duty sign him to the squad. No harm in inserting him twice during the reg season against the Packers mediocre defense to sharpen his skills.

  17. He can always try the WWE or try out for Game of Thrones if it doesn’t work out in the NFL

  18. futuresbmvpleveon says:
    Jun 23, 2015 12:34 PM
    At 350lb, the pack are likely targeting this guy as their future running back.

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    Bell weighs more than Lacy. He’s not as smart either. He’s not as good either.

  19. in more important NFL news on an authentic web site it lists top 10 drafts by teams, no surprise Vikings not mentioned and Packers came in number 1 for the 2006 draft. just saying.

  20. Worldwide adoption of American Football is great for guaranteeing the longevity of a great sport. This is a positive step in this direction, regardless of the immediate outcome.

    As for a developmental league, he could always go to college in the US, it’s a shame that wasn’t done as a option when he was younger.

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