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    NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams
    Thursday, June 10, 2004

    The St. Louis Rams have been assigned G Peter Heyer as part of the NFL International Development Practice Squad program, the team announced today.

    Heyer, 6-3, 310, saw action this past NFL Europe season for the Rhein Fire, starting in five of the six games he played. As one of NFL Europe's national players, Heyer will spend the entire 2004 season on the Rams' practice squad. The native of Germany will also not be eligible to be claimed by another team or promoted to an active roster.

    "This program is a major step in our development of international players," said NFLEL Senior Director of Football Operations Nick Polk. "We are very excited about seeing how these players progress mentally and physically during an intense few months with their NFL teams."

    Heyer played in the last six games of the Fire's season, starting the last five, after he played in nine games for the fire in 2003. After the 2003 season, Heyer was in training camp with the New Orleans Saints. In 2002, Heyer played in all 10 games for the Fire.

    "For Peter, as for all of these guys, this is going to be a great opportunity to receive intensive coaching," said Cologne Centurions' offensive assistant and former St. Louis Rams' guard Tom Nütten. "The most important thing for them will be the opportunity to work on their technique, and I would expect them all to come back to Europe as much improved players."

    In college, Heyer won the German Football League championship in 2000 as a member of the Cologne Crocodiles, and was a European champion with the German national team in 2001. Heyer has also represented the Team Europe junior all-star squad in the annual Global Junior Championship played ahead of the Super Bowl.

    The other three players who were assigned are S Richard Yancy to the San Francisco ***** (Germany, Rhein Fire), DE Christian Mohr to the Seattle Seahawks (Germany, Berlin Thunder), and G Rolando Cantu to the Arizona Cardinals (Mexico, Berlin Thunder).


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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by DODRAM
    NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams
    Thursday, June 10, 2004

    The St. Louis Rams have been assigned G Peter Heyer as part of the NFL International Development Practice Squad program, the team announced today.

    Heyer, 6-3, 310, saw action this past NFL Europe season for the Rhein Fire, starting in five of the six games he played. As one of NFL Europe's national players, Heyer will spend the entire 2004 season on the Rams' practice squad. The native of Germany will also not be eligible to be claimed by another team or promoted to an active roster.
    I hope Heyer can understand the english language. Can you imagine trying to learn the playbook in a forgn language?

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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    I really don't know why they bother... Football is gospell in europe and no matter how hard they try, they will never make inroads..

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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    Elacky

    reckon you might be wrong on that one mate, there is a huge untapped market for gridiron in Europe, IF it's marketed properly. Sure , soccer will always be the predominant sport, as it is world wide.

    But if you believe that the NFL has a product that is exciting to watch and support, why shouldn't there be a market for it in Europe? Not everybody loves and watches football, there are many other "minority" sports who survive in Europe without the financial clout and support that teh NFL can give gridiron.

    One of the ways the NFL can increase the media coverage of the NFL in Europe is to develop National players (even one) to the level where they hold down a roster spot in the NFL on merit.

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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    London Monarchs - gone.... Barcelona dragons.... gone.. soon there will be 6 german teams and no support

    People are interested, just not enough... I guess the big problem (I have heard this from several people) is that the NFLE is a training ground for the NFL i.e. its not based on any nationalism/regionalism. On the flip side, the basketball leagues have really taken off (last world champs... Spain beat US :tongue: ), a lot of this is due to the fact that the amount of non-nationals was restricted... When you watch the world bowl.. all you see is a lot of fat black players with dodgy american ascents... as long as this is the case, it is doomed.

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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by DODRAM
    The St. Louis Rams have been assigned G Peter Heyer...The other three players who were assigned are S Richard Yancy to the San Francisco ***** (Germany, Rhein Fire), DE Christian Mohr to the Seattle Seahawks (Germany, Berlin Thunder), and G Rolando Cantu to the Arizona Cardinals (Mexico, Berlin Thunder).
    Are these the ONLY players assigend to the U.S. practice squads? If so, why only the NFC West? Do they rotate divisions every year, or what?
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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    First time it's happened Bob, so nobody really knows :smile:

    Elacky, the problem is undoubtedly continuity, the league need to give the fans some faces they can recognise, having three protected players form the year before does little to bring fans back

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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by DODRAM
    The native of Germany will also not be eligible to be claimed by another team or promoted to an active roster.
    Does anybody know why he can't be promoted to the active roster? If by any chance he's good enough, why not?

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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love it if the NFL took off here but realistically they are going to have to dip seriously into their pockets and do one or all of the following:

    - stop bringing over 2nd tier/average collegiate players and then allowing them to disappear the following year (DODRAM had an excellent point about continuity - which is very important in eurpoe)
    - start importing europeans players into the collegiate system and/or NFL (as part of a mandatory training programme) i.e. one player a year is a joke
    - Start investing in grass roots i.e. open academies, start working at the school system level.
    - as with the nba, nfl team starts playing european representative side or tp club side on a yearly basis.

    but most of all, think long term and not just the quick buck....

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    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by jjsram
    Does anybody know why he can't be promoted to the active roster? If by any chance he's good enough, why not?
    Not sure if it's a visa thing, or maybe it's a deal with the Players Association, not taking jobs from their members, don't really know to be honest.

    But I bet if he did turn out to be good enough, he could lose the special status and just become another guy looking for a roster spot, so it's probably a false distinction.

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