Dane Roy was playing in the amateurs for Richmond Central and selling ice cream when he won a kicking competition at the 2015 grand final.
The towering ruckman's massive torpedo certainly caught the eye.
One thing led to another, and before he knew it, Roy had a scholarship to play college football with Houston.
It's been a whirlwind 12 months for Roy, as he said on the Weekend Breakfast with Seb Costello.
"It's a totally different world here," he said.
"They love it. You wouldn't even think that university sports could be like this coming from Australia."
"It was like a grand final week, that first game I played was a kick-off against Oklahoma, we got the win against them, there was like 70,000 there.
"A couple of weeks later, we played at Cincinnati, it was the first away game, and I remember I was backed up against the student section and I could not hear a thing. That was the loudest, loudest thing I'd ever been involved in at the time. It was just ridiculous."
Roy admits adapting to American culture has had its challenges.
"I was kicking in my runners - or as they call them, tennis shoes - and my foot was getting a bit sore, so I said 'hey, can I borrow some boots? I just want to kick in.'
"They just looked at me with a puzzled look on their face, and they were like 'why does this guy want to kick in cowboy boots?'
"There was a language barrier there."
But he's trying to teach them a thing or two - he recently posted a video on Twitter where he introduced his teammates to Vegemite.
"They were unsure what to think," he laughed.
"Because it looks like Nutella, I'm pretty sure a lot of them thought it was going to be sweet. Even when I told them, it's obviously not sweet, it's going to be savoury.
"They don't understand the word savoury."