From 6 am onwards, it hits very hard with the helmet. The shocks are violent, the drives are terrible. Video sessions can last hours to integrate tricks that are incomprehensible to the average person, especially if he is European.
Anthony Mahongau is currently rubbing shoulders with the universe. At the age of 24, the former receiver of the “Flash de La Courveuve” is trying to earn his place on the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles, champions of the NFL, the professional league of American football. He has less than a week until the season officially starts next weekend. “Like Anthony, there are 90 of them trying their luck on the Eagles’ list (Editor’s note. List of contenders). On August 30, 53 players will be definitively selected to play in the season. Others find a post in their locker that tells them the adventure ends there,” says Bruno Lacham-Caron, who watched Mahonko (1.90m, 95kg) launch at La Courneau when he was a cadet. Spotted at 9-3 by scouts from Purdue University in 2013, the Frenchman pursued his entire university course in physiotherapy in the United States.
According to Bruno Lacham-Caron, manager of Flash de la Courneau, “is an example of someone who believes fiercely in their dream.”
“From our first meeting, Flash remembers the boss, who told me he wanted to play in the NFL, live in America and get a great education there. We helped him in the beginning, but he built himself up. He always had an extraordinary determination. He never gave up. He has tremendous energy. . He is an example of those who believe strongly in their dreams.”
Before him, only two Frenchmen had passed the cut (skimming) at the end of August and played in the NFL: Richard Tarditz (1988-92) and Philippe Gordon (2003-2007). “Sports-wise, he’s as good as the Americans. He’s proven himself at university. I believe he has this ‘luck’ that says being in the right place, at the right time is enough,” says Dorditz.
“There is a lot of competition in my position. The Eagles have signed some players. I’m less likely to get caught. But I have always managed to go against the odds and nothing scares me anymore,” says Mahongau.
While awaiting the verdict, the former kid from the northern suburbs of Paris, who started playing football or soccer at AS Courneuvienne, is the real Philadelphia Eagles (Aigle) in the green uniform and winged helmet of the defending champion team. -35,000 cheering fans attend preseason practice. “I imagine how he felt when he played against the Pittsburgh Steelers in mid-August,” says Bruno Lacham-Caron. With its gold jersey, the Flash was an inspired team when it was created. Anthony must have gauged the path already traversed by this time. » Answer Friday.