Global Football Student Athlete Bjoern Werner Selected By Indianapolis Colts in NFL Draft

Global Football Student Athlete Bjoern Werner Selected By Indianapolis Colts in NFL Draft

Bjoern Werner, who came to the United States as a member of the Global Football operated International Student Program, was selected 24th in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. “Without the International Student Program I wouldn’t be here,” said Werner.  “I’m really sad they closed it, but a big goal after my career is to open something like that and get it going. “Without Coach Adamson and Patrick Steenberge and Mike Preston, I wouldn’t be here. There’s so many people who gave me opportunities and I thank them all.” Here are Bjoern Werner’s thoughts immediately after his name was called at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. (On being an inspiration to young American football players in Germany) “Now we have three guys from Germany in the National Football League and we’re definitely going to motivate a lot of kids in Germany and in Europe to also make the jump from playing there to the NFL. And hopefully they do because there’s a lot of potential out there. “This Draft will hopefully be a big step towards ” (On what the wait in the NFL Draft green room was like) “I knew I had a few teams and my agent had said the Colts were interested and my defensive line coach from Florida State was here and he said he had a really long conversation with the defensive coordinator and they were really positive. They said if I fell to the Colts they were going to take me and I’m so excited they did.” (On the Colts) “It’s a great organization and they made it...
GRADUATE OF GLOBAL FOOTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETE INITIATIVE BJOERN WERNER AT NFL DRAFT

GRADUATE OF GLOBAL FOOTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETE INITIATIVE BJOERN WERNER AT NFL DRAFT

A dream to play in the NFL that began in Germany and was nurtured in Connecticut and Florida will come true this week when German defensive end Bjoern Werner is selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. ACC Defensive Player of the Year Werner came to the United States through the International Student Program, an initiative created and operated by Global Football in 2006.  Having dominated for two years at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, the former star of his hometown Berlin Adler club team started as a true freshman, sophomore and junior at Florida State before forgoing his senior year, and now stands on the cusp of the NFL. Accompanied by his family, Werner will attend the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, hoping to be selected in the first round. Global Football will post social media updates live from the NFL Draft following Werner’s night on Twitter @GlobalSportsGuy and @PRMikePreston and at www.Facebook.com/GlobalFootballLTD. Read the NFL.com story of how Bjoern Werner came to the United States and watch a video of his success story here. “His ability was evident from the moment you saw him walk onto the field, and it was matched by his humble demeanor and how grateful he was to be playing over here,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge.  “Our network of coaches in Europe had told us he would be the next Ritzmann and projected he had the ability to play at as a high a level as he liked and they were right. Now here he is on the brink of the NFL and he deserves...
Illinois Wesleyan To Face Finnish National Team In Helsinki

Illinois Wesleyan To Face Finnish National Team In Helsinki

The Illinois Wesleyan University football team will travel to Finland this summer to face the Finnish national team in Helsinki on Sunday, June 2. Illinois Wesleyan will combine a week of summer sightseeing in Scandinavia with practices and a game to help prepare for their 2013 College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin season, while Finland will use the clash with the Titans to ready themselves for the build up to the 2014 European Championships. “It is wonderful to work with Coach Eash and Illinois Wesleyan again, as he has the vision to undertake such a mission every four years so that each of his student athletes can have this experience. Plus, we have not taken a team to Scandinavia for more than a decade, so this will be a fun reunion in Finland and Sweden.  Roope Noronen and all of the SAJL Finnish federation have worked hard to make this a memorable trip and game.” Illinois Wesleyan will head overseas with event organizers Global Football for the fifth time, having previously visited Italy, France, Austria and Germany.  Coach Norm Eash and his squad of 70 players and 15 staff depart for Helsinki on May 31, returning on June 9. “These trips have proven to be invaluable in maintaining off season focus and developing a stronger, more unified team giving us a competitive edge for the upcoming season,” said Titans coach Norm Eash.  “We look to build team chemistry, evaluate our players and begin the process of finding our team’s identity.  This game will allow us to move forward toward our goal of winning a conference championship and advancing to the...
TEAM STARS & STRIPES WIN GLOBAL BOWL TORINO

TEAM STARS & STRIPES WIN GLOBAL BOWL TORINO

Team Stars & Stripes fired 67 points against the Italian Under-19 National Team to win the Global Bowl Torino played at Primo Nebiolo Stadium. Quarterbacks led the offensive onslaught, as Adam Strouss (Episcopal Academy, PA) rushed for a touchdown, Alec Bean (Mercer Island, WA) passed for two scores, and DB/QB Lee Holland (Sabino HS, Tucson, AZ), returned an interception for a touchdown.  Carmine Tilghman (Sabino, AZ) recorded rushing and receiving touchdowns for the visitors. Kicker Anthony Bagliano (Eastlake North, OH), who was born with a condition known as Holt-Oram syndrome and despite having virtually no arms and enduring multiple heart conditions, kicked a 17-yard field goal for Team Stars & Stripes and also kicked off for Italy to start the game. “It was a great game played in wonderful spirits,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge.  “The unofficial score was 67-7 as two local young cancer patients were allowed to run the length of the field and score an honorary touchdown while the American defense theatrically dived and missed tackles.  That was popular with the home crowd, as was the reaction of everyone when Anthony Bagliano made his field goal and celebrated with his teammates.” Team Stars & stripes led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter through a 13-yard Nicholas Dubowski (Erie Cathedral Prep, PA) scoring run and a long dash to the end zone by Tilghman. The Americans scored four second quarter touchdowns and a safety to lead 44-0 at halftime.  A 44-yard interception return by Steve Clarke (St Edward, OH) was followed by a safety forced by Stephen Palmer (Sabino, AZ) before Alec Bean (Mercer...