Matiwos Rumley first arrived in Connecticut last January only knowing one word of English - "apple."
Matiwos, 7, was an orphan in Ethiopia, but was adopted by the Rumley family last year. Matiwos had never touched a football before October, but he quickly took to the sport and entered the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick competition.
Matiwos won and continued winning, until he became the national champion for his age group on Saturday. He was presented with his award at halftime of Sunday's Seahawks/Falcons playoff game at the Georgia Dome.
Matiwos is a natural athlete - he has already played organized baseball, basketball and soccer in
addition to football - but there's one other sport he really wants to try: bowling.
Just in case you were wondering, the youngest person in the United States to ever bowl a 300 is Chaz Dennis, who did it when he was 10 years old.
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Sources: NBC, NBC Sports Off the Bench