Moritz Boehringer wants ‘to be the Dirk Nowitzki of the NFL’

The Minnesota Vikings made history last weekend when they selected German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer on Day 3. With the pick, Boehringer became the first player to be drafted directly into the NFL from a European league.

Boehringer seems to be aiming pretty high when it comes to exactly what he wants to do when his career in the NFL finally begins.

Earlier this week, Boehringer spoke to the Pioneer Press in Minneapolis and said he is taking some inspiration from another German athlete. In fact, he is taking inspiration from arguably the most successful German athlete ever to play in the United States.

“My ultimate goal is to be the Dirk Nowitzki of the NFL, but it’s a process,” he said on Monday. “I’ve got to make the team (first).”

This might be a tough thing for him to do since Nowitzki has been in the NBA for nearly 20 years, but if he rises to stardom, that could happen for him. He certainly has some good tools to use going forward in his career.

During the 2015 season, Moritz Boehringer recorded 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns on 59 receptions, certainly a good year for any top receiver in the NFL today.

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