NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Growing up in Germany, Kasim Edebali came to a unique realization about his choice of athletics.
"I guess I was a little too big," he said. "When you're 225 and 16 years old, nobody want you to play soccer, so I had to do something else and you know what? I love football."
There's just something about taking the road less traveled and how it always ends up in New Orleans during Sean Payton's tenure.
"He made the team last year as a free agent so I think his first impression was positive from the beginning," Payton said.
Edebali's beginnings in American football were as a 10 year old in Hamburg, Germany, so his path to the NFL is as far from traditional as it gets. It makes it easy for him to remain the under-the-radar type of player that he is today.
"I'm definitely used to it," he said. "I started getting recruited for college and I'm a kid from Germany who grew up in Germany, came over here, barely spoke English, so I'm used to it, but at the end of the day it's all about the work you put in and the production you put on the field."
But Edebali won't remain a secret for very long if he continues playing the way he has been in training camp the season. He earned a roster spot during his rookie year and in his head coach's eyes, he's only gotten better in year two.
"He did a good enough job last year that we felt there was a spot that he was going to help us," Payton said. "That is a positive thing when you get a guy who is a free agent who makes the team and you think he is going to play in the kicking game and then think there is a place for him on defense."
The Boston College product knows what got him on the roster in the first place and how to continue down that path.
"You want to be the best at what you do and I know you start at the bottom but you want to keep working, keep getting better," he said. "It's a long process but I'm very confident that in the future I can be a guy that can really help the team out to win football games."