When Ryan Burroughs returned home from the U.S. Army with the chiseled physique that helped earn him the nickname Captain America, he got his competitive fix by playing football, a sport he loved in high school, and taking up mixed martial arts.

Chris Burroughs could see that his younger brother was talented enough to be a successful athlete if he focused his energy, so he sat him down and said, “Ryan, you are playing all these sports, but they aren’t going to take you anywhere. Pick a sport and be great at it.”

That conversation changed Ryan’s life because around the same time, at a friend’s suggestion, he played rugby league for the first time.

Source: ESPN