Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins looks set for a huge home-away-from-home fanbase in Ireland after the American Football player's love of Irish dancing went viral.

The 23-year-old Florida native was first introduced to Irish dancing six years ago by the daughter of his high school coach and took it up again last year, training at the Drake School of Irish Dance.

"The footwork aspect of it helps me as well on the football field," he told Sports Illustrated's American Football site The MMQB last year.

"As far as coming out of the back field, it's like a lot of rhythm and timing with Irish dance, and so it is for the running back as well." 

"In here [the dance studio] I'm always on my toes and out on the football field I'm on my toes," Collins continued. 

"I really love it because it builds my lower body muscles, my calf muscles and it really works my lower body. Translate on the field, I'm more explosive on the field and it helps a lot."

Alex Collins (with ball) in action for the Baltimore Ravens against the Oakland Raiders last Sunday

Paying tribute to his classmates at the Drake School of Irish Dance, Collins said: "I just see some of the similarities between what they do and their hard work and dedication and what they have and how they prepare. [It's] kind of the same deal with me and football, you know? They've got to practise, practise, practise every day, get better, get better."

"It's definitely a sport," he added. "Don't tell them I said that!"