Bristol American footballer Orlando Victor's chance to live his gridiron dream
A FILTON Academy American footballer is one of only three players in the country to be selected for a prestigious camp based in the US.
Orlando Victor, 16, has been selected to join an all-Europe American Football team in San Antonio, Texas which is run by former NFL players and coaches.
Victor has only been playing American Football a short time, but has already received a number of accolades and has been on a number of camps which are run by the NFL looking for the best talent across Europe.
Victor, pictured, said: "I didn't know much about American Football before I started playing and the only game I watched was the SuperBowl."
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In December, Victor will travel to a training camp in Texas where they will set up an all-Europe Team, and if all goes well he could receive a scholarship to an American university where he will receive free university studies and train and play at some of the best college American football teams in the country.
He said : "I want to go over and show what I can do and how I match up against some of the best players of my age."
Orlando's mum, Angela Victor is proud of her son, who moved from rugby to play American football, she said: "He was playing rugby for Whitehall when he was scouted by a Filton coach and told to take up American football, for his height and weight he's extremely fast which is quite uncommon."
Mrs Victor said: "Because of his age he missed out on Team Europe, after only training for a few weeks, the coaches couldn't believe it."
At just 16 years of age and being 6ft 3ins and weighing in at over 260 pounds (18st 7lbs), Victor is head and shoulders above other boys in his age group, which is what made him stand out while playing rugby.
Bristol Academy coach Ben Herod said: "Orlando was spotted by our academy rugby coach and his stature for his age was incredible. He's a great talent."
Victor, from St Georges, had been noticed at a training camp in Stirling, Scotland, before going on to a tournament in Germany, where he was spotted again.
In the summer, Victor visited a training camp in Virginia where the American coaches were impressed with him and he was selected for the all-Europe Team before being invited back in December.
Herod said: "His mum has had to pay quite a lot of money for all the travelling he's done.
"But the benefits for Victor could be huge."