Andreas Knappe was built to become an Olympic archer, but the 6-foot-9, 320-pound Danish monster has traded his bow and arrow for pads and cleats as he signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Falcons on April 29. On April 29 of 2011, Knappe, 25, lost his father to intestinal cancer and lymphoma.”I can definitely admit to struggling through the last five anniversaries, with April 29 being such a negative day, but this one was probably the best day of my life,” Knappe told ESPN Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure. “I definitely think my father is watching over me. It’s probably the reason why things have worked out the way they have.”
Knappe was introduced to football at 19 and even taught himself how to speak English through television and video games. After gaining experience playing and excelling in a Danish American Football Confederation league, he uploaded a highlight reel to a recruiting site where he garnered looks from colleges in the US. Knappe paid his way from Denmark to visit various schools before eventually committing to University of Connecticut. At UConn, Knappe redshirted in 2012 and eventually was the full-time started as a junior and senior from 2014-16. With an opening on the offensive line, Knappe’s goal of making the Falcons’ 90-man roster is definitely a possibility.