The NFL today announced the names of eight players added to NFL rosters for the 2023 season through the NFL International Player Pathway (IPP) program.
One of which is aussie Patrick Murtagh, the former Gold Coast Suns Academy member who spent three years on the Suns’ list before being delisted in 2022 and trying out for the IPP.
Established in 2017, the NFL International Player Pathway program aims to provide elite athletes from around the world with the opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster and increase the number of international players in the League.
From the NFL’s eight divisions the NFC North and the AFC West divisions were chosen to receive IPP players in a random draw and become the 7th and 8th division to participate respectively.
Murtagh now has an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster, being carried until the end of training camp, and could then be kept on the practice squad using an exemption – or elevated to the active squad and play.
Jordan Mailata of the Philadelphia Eagles is an alumni of the IPP program, so it possible that Murtagh can work his way to a roster spot.