Unfortunately for Boehringer, that might end up being all the history he makes this year because it doesn’t look like he’s going to become the first-ever, foreign-born player without any college football experience to play in an actual NFL game.
According to multiple reports, the German receiver was released by the Vikings on Saturday. All 32 NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to trim their rosters down to 53 players. Check here for the latest roster cuts for every team.
The good news for Boehringer is that the Vikings’ decision to cut him doesn’t necessarily mean that his NFL career is over. The German is eligible for Minnesota‘s practice squad, so he could be back on the roster by Sunday if the Vikings decide to bring him back.
If Boehringer does land on the practice squad, that’s an impressive jump for a player who didn’t even know what American football was until he was 17, when he watched a YouTube video of Adrian Peterson.
If things don’t work out for the 22-year-old and he doesn’t land an NFL job, the receiver won’t be going back to Germany empty-handed. As a sixth-round pick, Boehringer was given a $150,000 signing bonus that became guaranteed when he put his signature on his rookie deal back in May.
Maybe he’ll decide to spend some of that money on a car. The rookie had been walking an hour to practice before the Vikings’ cut him.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Vikings cut German draft pick who used to walk an hour to practice