By ANTHONY WINGARD and MYLES STEDMAN
Former NEAFL player Michael Dickson will take his talents to the NFL after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2018 Draft.
Taken in the 5th Round with the 149th pick, Dickson is the first player in NEAFL history to be drafted to the NFL.
Born and bred in Sydney, he last played in the NEAFL in 2014, featuring in nine games for the Sydney Swans as an academy player.
Dickson played in the NEAFL Grand Final that season, which Sydney narrowly lost to Aspley by two points, appearing alongside future AFL players Isaac Heeney and Callum Mills, and current Sydney University star Jack Hiscox.
Dickson averaged 11 disposals and four marks during the 2014 campaign, playing in seven wins and just two losses.
Following the 2014 season, he traded Australian rules for the gridiron, accepting an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas.
With the Longhorns, Dickson won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter, and was named MVP of his team’s final game of the year – a rare achievement for a punter.
Widely considered one of the best prospects of all-time for his position, Dickson will attend training camp with Seattle, where he will almost certainly make the 53-man roster.
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