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The Steelers are trying out a Spanish rugby star

Inaki Villanueva is no stranger to the NFL, though. His brother plays tackle for the Steelers.

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Steelers worked out Spanish rugby star Inaki Villanueva trying to make it as a TE. The 49ers made a cult hero out of Jarryd Hayne, even though his NFL career didn't last very long. But the trend of more and more rugby players trying their hand at football continues. Villanueva has a pretty close connection to the NFL and Pittsburgh; his brother Alejandro is an offensive tackle for the Steelers.

Inaki Villanueva was a member of the Spanish rugby team at the 2016 Olympics.

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