San Francisco 49ers running back and former Australian rugby player Jarryd Hayne has recently landed his first big sponsorship deal with Under Armour after having a great preseason. During his preseason time with the Niners, Hayne managed to have some fantastic returning punts and defensive action that gave the brand a nudge to sign him on to represent them. Under Armour recognizes how marketable Hayne will be this year and expect him to show even more this fall than he did during the summer months.
The Sydney native has always been a natural athlete, and he made his professional rugby debut in 2006 with the Parramatta Eels when he was just 18 years old. He played professionally for five years, even making it to the international level, until in 2011 when he decided to try out for his dream to make it into the NFL. By the end of 2014, Hayne officially left the rugby league and signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers as a undrafted free agent. It was unsure at first if he would make the starting roster or not, but based on his performance this preseason he did make the cut.
Hayne recently scored a deal with the Under Armour brand and is expected to be one of the most talented new players to join the leave. The brand is happy to have him on board as a sponsor and will likely work with him for months to come.
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