Psalm Wooching: College football star chooses different pathUpdated 4:50 AM ET, Thu March 30, 2017 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamA former linebacker for the Washington Huskies, Psalm Wooching has now graduated from college and has his sights set on a different sport...Hide Caption 1 of 8 Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamHe's swapped sacking for try-scoring in a bid to become a professional rugby player.Hide Caption 2 of 8 Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamBorn in Hawaii, Wooching has a Samoan father -- who has passed on his cultural heritage as well as his love for rugby. Hide Caption 3 of 8 Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamWooching was taught fire knife dancing at a young age. "Respect is preached broadly and that's just the way I've been raised," he says.Hide Caption 4 of 8 Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamWooching has played alongside Waisale Serevi in the Fijian rugby legend's select sevens team at invitational events. Hide Caption 5 of 8 Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamSamoan winger Alesana Tuilagi is also one of Wooching's rugby heroes.Hide Caption 6 of 8 Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamAs a football player, Wooching was renowned for sacking quarterbacks and savaging offenses. Last year, he captained the Huskies to the national championship playoffs.Hide Caption 7 of 8 Photos: Tattooed fire warrior's rugby dreamThe Huskies were 12-2 in his final college season, losing to Alabama in the semifinals of the playoffs.Hide Caption 8 of 8Psalm Wooching chose not to pursue opportunities with the NFL in the hope of playing rugby at the highest level.More from SportA partnership between horse and riderAnna Nordqvist: 'My grandfather inspired my golf major triumph'NFL players learning how not to go broke -- with the help of MBAs'Raging Bull' former middleweight champ Jake LaMotta dies, 95South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes Winter Olympics brings 'inter-Korean peace'