Recent Draftee Aaron Gray Officially Joins The Pack
The Dallas Jackals are happy to announce recent draftee Aaron Gray has signed for the 2022 Inaugural Season! Gray was drafted 14th overall by the Jackals in the 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft and is excited about his new start in Dallas.
Born in Washington, D.C., Gray, 24, spent much of his youth playing football, basketball, baseball, and running track. Gray started playing rugby his sophomore year at Perry Street Prep in Washington D.C and never looked back. He went on to play on multiple select sides throughout Maryland.
Gray continued on to Kutztown University in PA earning a Sports Management degree. Here, he was named D1A East Back of the Year, Collegiate All-American, selected twice to First Team All-Conference, and Second Team All-Conference in ‘17-’18. Gray was selected to join the USA U20 All-American side and recently called up to the USA Men’s 7s Falcons.
During the offseason, Gray has also played for various men’s sides including Rocky Gorge, Denver Barbarians, Beltway Elite, and Schuylkill River.
GM Elaine Vassie said, “As a Collegiate All-American, USA 7’s Falcons, and USA 20’s player with an infectious energy, Aaron’s movement sees him taking on people with dynamism and speed. His finishing ability combined with his emphasis on growing make him a truly exciting prospect to join us in our inaugural season.”
When asked what he’s looking forward to in his new home in Dallas, Gray said, “I am most looking forward to meeting everyone that is a part of the Dallas family. Also, coming to show that this is where I belong, and I have worked long and hard to get to this point. I am excited to learn and grow with Dallas.”
Gray, raised by a single mother, has an older sister and younger brother and also has a close relationship with his grandparents. Gray says his favorite food is sushi and in his free time he likes to try new restaurants, play basketball, bowl, and spend time with his family and friends.
Gray continued, “I am excited to join the Jackals because playing professional rugby has always been a dream of mine since I started playing rugby 8 years ago. Having the opportunity to be a part of a brand-new team is something I am very excited for.”
Welcome to the Pack Aaron!
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