The 6-foot-8, 310-pound tackle, who sports a bushy reddish-blonde beard and flowing hair, is actually from Silkeborg, Demark.
He grew up playing team handball - an Olympic sport that looks like a cross between basketball and soccer - and was a world-class archer on the Danish junior national team.
"They were training me to see if I could get to go to the Olympics or the World Championships or something like that," he said Tuesday during the annual American Athletic Conference's media day in Newport, R.I. "I got tired of it. I grew out of it, I guess, because I started to have a lot of growing pains and I was young."
He didn't start playing American football until he was 18-years old, and it was a case of love at first snap, he said.
"My best friend joined a football team in my town, and said to me, 'You should come, this is great,'" Knappe said.