The saga of Jarryd Hayne as he tried to cross codes from NRL to the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers took a bizarre turn when Hayne announced that he was walking away from American professional football in order to play rugby for the Fiji Olympic team in the sevens competition.
Whether the move is based on a swelling of patriotism or a strong premonition of imminent release by the 49ers, the moved stunned virtually all who had been tracing the Cinderella route of Hayne on his path from top NRL player to the headlong plunge into the totally different sport of American football.
Officials of the 49ers issued a statement praising Hayne and wishing him well in his next endeavor. Hayne was equally cordial in his resignation, thanking those responsible for his opportunity to play in the NFL.
One remaining question is whether Hayne could resume his NFL ambitions after the Olympics. Dropping out to train for Fiji rugby would rule out Hayne for the 2016-17 NFL season since the Olympics schedule conflicts with the training camp regimens of NFL teams, but he could seek a spot on the roster of any of the NFL teams for 2017-18 season, since he would still be just 29 years old.