San Francisco 49ers player and former Rugby League star, Jarryd Hayne, has announced his retirement from the NFL.
The news comes after the Fijian Rugby Sevens team reached out to him about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics. Hayne said, “I simply could not pass that chance up. The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL.”
Hayne, 28, is the son of a Fijian father and Australian Mother. He represented Fiji before in the Rugby League World Cup in 2008.
The general manager of 49ers, Trent Baalke, said in a statement: “We would like to thank Jarryd for his contributions to the San Francisco 49ers organisation and our community over the last year.
“Jarryd is a tremendous example of what can happen when you commit to a goal and do everything in your power to make it a reality. He earned the right to wear a 49ers uniform and compete alongside the best in the game.”
Hayne knows all about making tough decisions. He left the Parramatta Eels in October 2014 when he was about to become the highest paid player in the NRL. Hayne said at the time: “I achieved what I wanted to achieve financially when I bought my mum a house.”
Hayne signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in March last year and played eight games with one start.
There is now speculation in what Hayne will do after the Rio Olympics that will finish on August 21.
When he made the announcement to leave the Eels, Hayne said he would most likely return to the eels if he ever made a comeback into the NRL.
“I’m leaving knowing that I have signed a lifetime agreement with the Eels, so if I return to the NRL, it will be to Parramatta,” he said.