PHILADELPHIA – They were only two games, played four years ago, in a loosely-organized weekend football club located in another hemisphere halfway around the world. To Nic Purcell, the games were an absurd imitation of the real thing, a farce played for free, by out-of-shape men who knew little about American football. To the NCAA, the two club games he played in New Zealand were legitimate enough to destroy his eligibility and crush his eventual dream of playing major college football.
How could he know a senseless edict delivered from the cold halls of the NCAA would be the best thing to happen to him?
All Purcell wanted to do was play a little football. He decided this in the spring of 2011 at the age of 25 when he and his wife arrived in the United States from his native New Zealand. He enrolled at Golden West Community College in Southern California hoping to study physical fitness and also thought he might try football, a game he had played a few times on a whim back home.
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