Australian college football star Daniel Faalele surprises American fans with touch down

Giant Australian college football star nicknamed ‘the semi truck’, who weighs 181 kg, surprises American fans by smashing in a touchdown – and he is ready for a huge payday when he enters the NFL

  • Daniel Faalele scored the touchdown for Minnesota in his last college football game
  • The 6’9 181kg offensive lineman has become a cult hero for the Golden Gophers
  • He is set for a huge payday of joining the NFL and is expected to become a first rounder










A giant Australian star has become a household name after hitting a touchdown in the final battle of his college career.

Daniel Faalele is a 22-year-old from Melbourne who is currently playing left tackle for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Standing at 6’9 and weighing 181 kg, he was a star youth rugby and basketball player before being scouted by the University of Hawaii football team. He then moved to Florida to attend the IMG Academy.

On Wednesday, Faalele was brought in by Minnesota to hit a touchdown to break the stalemate during the Guaranteed Rate Bowl match against West Virginia – the first touchdown of his career.

Daniel Faalele is a 22-year-old from Melbourne who is currently playing left tackle for the Minnesota Golden Gophers

Daniel Faalele is a 22-year-old from Melbourne who is currently playing left tackle for the Minnesota Golden Gophers

The 6'9, 181kg giant rammed into a touchdown for Minnesota during the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Wednesday - the first in his career

The 6’9, 181kg giant rammed into a touchdown for Minnesota during the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Wednesday – the first in his career

Faalele has gained a cult following in the United States for its combination of incredible size and athleticism.

He first started learning the sport in 2016, and just six years later, he is expected to go in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

After moving to Florida to attend IMG’s private high school, he became the starter less than a year later before graduating and starting college as a four-star recruit.

Faalele stunned college football when he turned down offers from powerhouse programs including Alabama, LSU, FSU, Georgia and Michigan to sign on Minnesota.

Faalele has gained a cult following in the United States for its combination of incredible size and athleticism

Faalele has gained a cult following in the United States for its combination of incredible size and athleticism

Faalele stunned college football when he turned down offers from powerhouse programs including Alabama, LSU, FSU, Georgia and Michigan to sign for Minnesota

Faalele stunned college football when he turned down offers from powerhouse programs including Alabama, LSU, FSU, Georgia and Michigan to sign for Minnesota

He has become a fan favorite as Golden Gopher has become the focal point of their offensive line.

The Aussie is expected to go in the first round of the upcoming draft, where Wednesday’s touchdown will only improve his share.

“We’ve had the fridge, the bus, and now I present to you … the semi-truck,” tweeted one person after Faalele’s landing.

“50 feet between us, I have a gun and I still do not think I stop him,” wrote another college football fan.

Faalele will follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia Eagles star tackle Jordan Mailata, who slung himself from South Sydney Rabbitohs junior to an $ 88 million NFL contract.

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