More than a decade ago, Jonathan Tavernari wowed BYU crowds with his athleticism and scoring abilities on the basketball floor.

Turns out the former Cougar could also catch the eye of an NFL coach or two.

Tavernari, the Brazilian who played basketball at BYU from 2006-10 before going on to a professional career overseas that lasted nearly a decade, shared a crazy story on Twitter that showed just how much his athleticism impressed coaches in another sport.

Tavernari's journey of faith

Late Monday, Tavernari recalled the details of returning to the United States and bumping into a pair of NFL coaches — one of them then-Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, the other then-Panthers tight end coach Pete Hoener — during a layover. From that chance meeting came an offer to try out at tight end.

Here’s the full story from Tavernari: