Louis Rees-Zammit is the new talk of the town as the former rugby player is reportedly set to be a part of the Chiefs Kingdom. The young Welsh winger created ripples in the rugby world after his announcement to quit and join the NFL in January. Having finished the international player pathway (IPP), Zammit has succeeded in impressing the league’s scouts with his display at the Pro Day, the equivalent of the NFL Combine for IPP candidates.

Garnering interest from the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and the Denver Broncos, it was this year’s Super Bowl winners that are set to acquire Zammit, as per Jordan Schultz. Targeting a hybrid role of a WR and RB, Zammit hopes to make his NFL debut in the coming season. His rugby career is a testament to his sheer talent, which came true with the support of his parents, Maxine and Joe.

Louis Rees-Zammit gets his athletic genes from his parents


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Zammit was born in Penarth, Wales, to parents Maxine and Joe Rees-Zammit on February 2nd, 2001. His elder brother, Taylor, is a rugby player himself and has played for the Llandaff RFC and their grandfather’s native land, Malta. Though fans had a mixed reaction to Zammit quitting rugby, his parents have been his constant beacon of support.

Maxine played netball for Wales club Fairwater Social as a youngster, and Joe played American football for the Cardiff Bay Tigers in Wales. While Zammit aims to make his father proud, fulfilling his dream on the big stage in America, the former Wales player also shares a special bond with his mother.

Maxine had become a part of the limelight when her son became the youngest member of Gloucester as an 18-year-old. Zammit has often expressed his fondness for his mother through social media posts, including a heartwarming Mother’s Day wish.

Zammit made the bold decision to leave rugby for the NFL, inspired by his father, who infused passion in his son.

As a little boy, my dad always brought me up to be a big NFL fan,” Zammit revealed, as per Roar. “He used to play American football, so it is kind of to try to continue his legacy and hopefully go beyond and make him proud. That is the sport he grew up loving.”

However, while Zammit was prepping up to put his best foot forward in front of the scouts in the IPP training camp, a tragedy hit the player’s personal life.


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Tragedy hit Zammit before NFL debut

The NFL aspirant was in Florida last month when he received the heartbreaking news of his grandmother’s demise. Away from home, Zammit paid homage to ‘Nany June’ through Instagram. With a picture with his late grandmother, he wrote, “RIP Nany June. I love you so much. Heaven has gained the most caring woman.”

This is the second loss Zammit had to mourn while tending to the call of his sports alongside. Just days before representing Wales in the Six Nations Championship in 2022, he received the news of his paternal grandfather, Joseph. Zammit paid tribute to his “Grampy Joe” on Instagram.


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Despite the emotional tumultuations of his grandmother’s passing, Zammit stays determined in his journey to the league. With the aim of carrying his father’s legacy forward, the potential Chiefs recruit hopes to achieve his dream of playing football in the NFL.

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