The Indianapolis Colts Nearly Signed The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' in 2013

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterMay 19, 2014


You may know him as The Mountain That Rides, but Hafthor Bjornsson could’ve potentially found his way onto the Indianapolis Colts roster in 2013. 

According to Eric Goldschein of SportsGrid.com, Colts owner Jim Irsay considered signing Bjornsson, who currently plays Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones

How Irsay heard of Bjornsson is anyone’s guess, but it likely had something to do with the former strongman competitor’s 6’9”, 419-pound build. He went as far as tweeting about the man known as “The Icelander” in 2013:

Granted, men who make Arnold Schwarzenegger look this small don’t go unnoticed for long:

And this is what he looks like next to Cersei, played by Lena Headey:

He’s only slightly intimidating:

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I think you now understand why Irsay might want that tall side of beef blocking for Andrew Luck—looking past the whole part where Bjornsson hasn’t played football before.

Unfortunately, knee injuries have derailed Bjornsson’s attempts to play contact sports. Randall J. Strossen of IronMind.com reports that the Icelandic giant played basketball before blowing out his knee and switching to weightlifting and strength competitions.

Irsay’s loss is television viewers' gain, however. The Mountain is the biggest man in Westeros, and they don’t make men much bigger or badder than Bjornsson, making the casting a perfect match.

Sorry, Jim. The Lannisters need Bjornsson more than House Irsay. Plus, pillaging is so much easier on the knees.


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