Many times in America we ask where are the Asian-Americans in mainstream sports? NFL, MLB, NBA? We saw what Lin did in the NBA and many wonder could someone have that impact in the NFL. Most will retort with saying there are no Asian-Americans in the NFL. Commonly people look to label Samoans as a Pacific Islander and disassociate them from ‘traditional’ Asia. We’re not even sure what ‘traditional’ Asia even is, but you understand what we are acknowledging. Now we’re not saying this guy will be the Jeremy Lin of the NFL but it’s important to note that Ed Wang is the FIRST Chinese-American person drafted by the NFL. With this two year deal it will be interesting to see if he can find a role on his new team and make an impact for Chinese Americans in professional football. Hit the jump for more details.
Some news from the NFL off-season… It’s a deal. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed a two-year contract with Chinese American offensive tackle Ed Wang: Eagles sign OT Ed Wang to two-year deal.
Wang, the first Chinese American player ever drafted in the NFL, was a fifth round pick by the Buffalo Bills out of Virginia Tech in 2010. He played in six games for the Bills before he missed 2011 with a thumb injury. He spent the offseason with the Oakland Raiders, but didn’t make the team.
Hopefully, he’ll find a place on Philadelphia’s roster:
One likely reason the team was interested in signing Wang was his experience in the spread offense. Wang said that will help him as he tries to make the roster.
“Being comfortable in the offense and the system he is going to run is going to help to make the transition even easier,” Wang said.
More here: Eagles sign offensive tackle Ed Wang.
[Source: Angry Asian Man]