After breaking out as a YouTube star and workout freak, Moritz Boehringer made history at the 2016 NFL Draft when he became the first European player to be selected.
The Minnesota Vikings took him in the sixth-round, and Boehringer instantly became a media darling after an emotional interview with NFL Network shortly after his selection. However, on Saturday, a compelling underdog story was temporarily derailed. The Vikings released him ahead of the 4 PM EDT deadline to finalize 53-man rosters, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Pause on a feel-good story: #Vikings WR Moritz Boehringer is going to be waived, source said. Practice squad candidate to be sure.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2016
As Rapoport mentions, Boehringer will still be a practice squad candidate. And if he is indeed called back as a practice player, it’ll be another opportunity for the raw talent to take valuable reps and prove his worth to the Vikings or any of the other 31 NFL teams.
For now, he’ll hit the NFL’s unemployment line, and his quest to become one of the league’s first true international stars will be placed on hold.