Jarryd Hayne has underlined the strength of his faith as his main driving force to succeed in the NFL.
Speaking in an interview with The Footy Show, Hayne spoke candidly about the troubles he has faced in his quest to make it in the NFL at the San Francisco 49ers.
“I’ve had my dark days in San Fran,” Hayne said. “I’ve had days where, literally if I didn’t have my faith I’d be home. I’d be back here in a heartbeat. I’ve sat in hotels, looking at ceilings. It hasn’t been easy.”
“There’s definitely been days when I’ve questioned it and just said, ‘What’s doing?’ But from a faith point of view, my faith is too strong for me to even consider coming back.”
Hayne is back in Sydney during a six-week pre-season break from the NFL, where he is attending the Hillsong church conference, as well as the State of Origin decider in Brisbane next week. But any thoughts of Hayne charging back into the NRL were squashed with Hayne revealing he’s revelling in the challenges he is facing overseas.
“I’ve always set myself challenges my whole life and I kind of realised I was doing something that wasn’t challenging me anymore,” Hayne said. “I had all the power as a rugby league player, I had all the money, but for me that that’s not what I wanted. I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to push myself. I wanted to get myself to places I’ve never been before. Live a limitless life and the only way I could do that was to go over there and that’s what I’m doing.”
With the initial struggles over, Hayne is still training hard, and confident to make the 49er’s final 53-man squad for next season.
“That phase was definitely the hardest phase to go through, and then once I got that down pat, literally, it’s just like that (clicks fingers). It just clicks.” -Jackson Barron