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Vikings sign Babatunde Aiyegbusi, a ginormous Polish-born tackle (pics/vid)


The Minnesota Vikings on Thursday went well outside the typical free agent search radius by signing Babatunde Aiyegbusi, an absolutely massive Polish-born offensive tackle who most previously played for the German Football League’s Dresden Monarchs, according to a report.

Standing at 6-foot-9 and weighing in at a whopping 351 pounds, even the behemoth that is fellow offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (6-foot-8, 343 pounds) will be standing in the sizeable shadow cast by his new teammate.

The move was made after the team hosted Aiyegbusi for a tryout Wednesday after the mountain of a man participated in a pro day hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio earlier in the week.

The Star Tribune notes that Babatunde Aiyegbusi is pronounced “bah-BUH-tune-day ah-YEG-boo-see.” NFL announcers who may call Vikings games next season best start practicing that name — should Aiyegbusi make the team out of training camp — lest they become tongue-tied during a broadcast.

Aiyegbusi becomes the fifth Polish-born player in NFL history, with three of the five being kickers.

A highlight tape of Aiyegbusi absolutely destroying smaller and inferior GFL opponents during the 2014 season follows.

For such a large man, Aiyegbusi can sure move. While he’s presumably an incredibly raw prospect unlikely to be NFL-ready, taking a flier on the guy with such potential — and size — likely is a worth the gamble.

Read more about Aiyegbusi’s remarkable journey to the NFL here.

(top image credit:American Football International)