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Taylor Rapp becomes second Asian American drafted into NFL this year

Taylor Rapp celebrates
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The Los Angeles Rams Friday night drafted Taylor Rapp of the University of Washington in the second round.

The Seattle Times reports Rapp’s mother is from China and his father is from Canada. The safety was born in Atlanta, but attended high school in Bellingham, Washington. He holds dual citizenship from both the United States and Canada and became the fourth from U of W to be drafted in the first two rounds this year. The others are Kaleb McGary, Byron Murphy and Drew Sample.

“To be able to be in the position I’m in and to play major college football and the NFLis a dream come true. My hope to inspire young kids and give them someone to look up to,” he told the UW Dawg Pound.

Earlier this week, former NFL receiver Hines Ward, who is Korean American and African American, sent out an encouraging message to Rapp.

Rapp has previously spoken about his athletic abilities being overlooked and being ridiculed by other students because of his Chinese American heritage.

On Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals selected Kyler Murray as the first player selected in the 2019 draft. Murray is half Korean and his father is Black.


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