NFL RUSH
From African Orphan to Punt, Pass and Kick Finalist

Seven-year-old Matiwos Rumley will compete at the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick National Finals this weekend before the Seahawks vs. Falcons game but it was just a year ago that he was living in an orphanage in Ethiopia.  Matiwos was adopted and brought to the United States to live with his new parents, Mark and Jodi Rumley, in January of 2012.  He had escaped a tough life.

 

Matiwos picked up his first football of his life just a week before his first PPK competition but was able to win sectional and state competitions and finally beat out all other New England state champs on Nov. 11 at Gillette Stadium before the Patriots vs. Bills game.  His score qualified him as one of the four top athletes in the nation in the 6-7 age group. 


He now faces a new obstacle on his way to the National Championship after he broke his thumb on his throwing hand just a couple weeks ago. Matiwos just shrugged it off and said he would just throw with his left hand.  Something tells us that he will still be a superstar on the field this Saturday.



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  • New England Patriots

    January 10, 2013

    viola · draftee

    nice job man!

  • New England Patriots

    January 10, 2013

    patriots55555 · draftee

    Matiwos!!!!!!!

  • Washington Redskins

    January 9, 2013

    scrocks · practice squad

    Nice Job, Matiwos Rumley, and percerverince!!!

  • New England Patriots

    January 9, 2013

    patsgetgronked87 · draftee

    I know someone who adopted 3 kids from Ethiopia and were on the same flight as the Underwear Bomber!

  • Green Bay Packers

    January 8, 2013

    elidoger · draftee

    I lived in Ethiopia 2 years

  • Denver Broncos

    January 8, 2013

    broncos0018 · rookie

    CONGRATS MATIWOS AND WATERMELEN58347 STOP SAYING LIES

  • Minnesota Vikings

    January 8, 2013

    brendinm · draftee

    thats awesome

  • New England Patriots

    January 8, 2013

    patsgetgronked87 · draftee

    @watemelen58347 AWESOME I BET YOUR SIBLINGS/PARENTS ARE VERY HAPPY THATS ONE LESS MOUTH TO FEED!!!!!! LOL!

  • New England Patriots

    January 8, 2013

    coolandfly08 · draftee

    pats are the best

  • New England Patriots

    January 8, 2013

    letsgopats123456 · draftee

    nice

  • New England Patriots

    January 8, 2013

    epicreciever11 · draftee

    PATS GOT SWAG

  • New England Patriots

    January 8, 2013

    123gopats14 · 2nd string

    PATS

  • New York Jets

    January 8, 2013

    tornacl24 · draftee

    swag

  • New England Patriots

    January 8, 2013

    patsgetgronked87 · draftee

    Do the Patriots show some class or what!

  • Green Bay Packers

    January 8, 2013

    packfan892 · 2nd string

    amazing story

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    January 8, 2013

    nflgosteelers · draftee

    wow

  • Chicago Bears

    January 7, 2013

    watermelen58347 · draftee

    i died on sunday

  • New England Patriots

    January 7, 2013

    patriots1051 · draftee

    yeah them pats