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Sebastien Sejean, 6'2" 225 lb. Safety/Outside Linebacker, St. Louis Rams and Laval University Canada
For NFL players, learning a new offense or defense can be a lot like learning a second language.
For Rams safety Sebastian Sejean, that's exactly what it is.
Sejean, a native of France, joined the Rams this offseason as part of the NFL's international player development program. Sejean will be added to the Rams practice squad for the 2008 season.
It's very crazy for me, but it's very exciting, Sejean said. My first game against the Titans, wow. It was a big stadium full of fans but day by day I progress, and I like it.
Sejean is a product of the University of Laval, in Quebec, Canada. He played football for Laval from 2004 to 2007 and was also part of two French National football teams that attended the World Cup of American football, most recently in 2006 in Kawasaki, Japan.
It was a dream comes true for Sejean when he was selected to participate in the NFL's international player development program, and the safety is trying to take it one day at a time.
This is good for me, but I would like after this year, to progress, Sejean said. This is my goal, to progress day by day.
Sejean landed on the right team at the right time as far as getting a chance to see the field. With the Rams secondary depth dwindling due to injury, Sejean has seen his fair share of playing time in the first two preseason games.
It's very (good) for my confidence, Sejean said. I don t know if (I had a) chance for playing defense, but there were injured guys. Then coach said let s go Sebastian, step up.
And that s exactly what he did. He may not look as crisp or clean as veterans Corey Chavous or Oshimogho Atogwe, but Sejean isn t afraid to get in front of a ball carrier. He s currently 12th on the team with five tackles through the Rams first two preseason games.
I don t think when we first had that particular guy assigned to us, we knew much about him, Rams coach Scott Linehan said. He was a linebacker/safety and we were looking, before we started camp, that safety is probably where we would need him more. As it turns out, that has been the case. He s done a great job. He has to get through the language barrier, and he does it with a smile on his face and a great attitude. He s a very good athlete. He s going to be able to help us in a lot of ways, and it s definitely a bonus to have him.
As he seems to be for everyone, Sejean said Chavous has become a big brother to him since his arrival in St. Louis. During training camp, Sejean and Chavous would spend time together going over coverages that Chavous had drawn up for him.
It s just little stuff, trying to make sure he understands what coach is trying to get across to him, Chavous said. Once you tell him something once, he doesn t forget it. He has a great visual memory. Once he sees something one time, he knows how to execute it.
Van Tran Ngoc, a former teammate of Sejean on the French National Team, has spent the past few days at the Russell Training Center as part of his other profession, photographer for the French Federation of American Football.
Tran Ngoc, a defensive back and quarterback in France, is excited for Sejean s opportunity, but understands the challenges he faces.
American football is not very famous in France, Tran Ngoc said. But for the world of American football in France, it s a huge thing for us. We don t have a lot means to play football, and we don t have a lot of players. So, to have one guy who can play with the professional players, it s great for us.
At the end of the day, Sejean is technically the only player who knows he ll have a spot on the team once final cuts have come and gone.
This is good for me, but I would like, after this year, to progress, Sejean said. This is my goal, to progress every day.