Jamie Gillan grew up idolising Jonny Wilkinson and is backing the Cleveland Browns to kick the Kansas City Chiefs out of the playoffs.
Nicknamed the Scottish Hammer for his booming left boot, the laid-back, long-haired Browns punter is a cult hero in Cleveland.
The Browns travel to face the defending Super Bowl champions today and no-one is giving them a prayer. But that’s just how Gillan, 23, likes it.
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Cleveland Browns kicker Jamie Gillan, 23, (left) idolised Jonny Wilkinson (right) growing up
Gillan said he 'just loved' Wilkinson's mindset 'of just balls to the wall and working his nuts off'
‘I love proving people wrong, ‘ he said. ‘When people say you’re not going to do something, I think, “Right bro, hold my beer”. You get some inner drive from that.’
Born in Inverness, Gillan was a rugby-mad teen, an all-action fly-half whose hero was England World Cup-winner Wilkinson. He still gets stick for that to this day.
‘I watched him, I read his book and stuff, I just loved his mindset, of just balls to the wall and working his nuts off,’ Gillan said.
‘Every time he was getting up and doing things with a purpose, working on something. I love that mindset.’
The Browns (pictured) beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 in an NFL wildcard playoff game
Gillan moved to America with his family aged 16 when his father, an RAF navigator, was posted to Maryland. He took up American football in high school and a teacher spawned the Scottish Hammer nickname by virtue of his left leg.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
It stuck and the stars aligned. After receiving a full four-year college scholarship at Arkansas Pine-Bluff, in 2019 he was offered a