NFL draft 2015: Miami Dolphins pick London-born Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi
Ajayi was born in Hackney and lived in Essex before moving to Dallas, Texas, aged seven

London-born American football player Jay Ajayi will play in the NFL next season after joining Miami Dolphins.

Ajayi, who moved to Texas aged seven, was the 149th college player chosen in the NFL draft, one of the biggest events in the US sporting calendar.

"God is Good. So thankful. Fins up," the 21-year-old tweeted.external-link

Running back Ajayi could return to London with his new team when they play divisional rivals New York Jets in an NFL game at Wembley on 4 October.

Fuelled by pickle juice - is Ajayi NFL's next British star?
6ft tall and weighs 15st 11lb (100kg)Played soccer until he was 17 and could have had trials for Nigeria and European sides via his Nigerian father, who was a licensed Fifa agent.
Drinks pickle juice, which has a high sodium content, before and during matches to help prevent cramps."It's a really sour taste. I take a swig at the start of the game then again at half-time and I know I'll be good to go. I haven't cramped up since."

Ajayi, who played for Boise State University in Idaho, was projected to be chosen in the second round of the draft, which took place from Thursday to Saturday over seven rounds of selection.

He had to wait until day three as 12 other running backs were chosen ahead of him.

Ajayi, who in 2011 suffered a serious knee injury, joins fellow Britons Menelik Watson, Jack Crawford and Lawrence Okoye in the NFL.