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    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

    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

            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

                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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                  • #10
                    Re: NFL Europe National Player Assigned To Rams

                    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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                    • RamDez
                      Nfl Europe National Player Assigned To Rams
                      by RamDez
                      By ClanRam Staff

                      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)....
                      -06-11-2004, 10:12 AM
                    • RamWraith
                      Rams Sending Three to NFL Europe
                      by RamWraith
                      Friday, February 3, 2006

                      By Nick Wagoner
                      Senior Writer

                      While most of the Rams will have to wait until August to resume playing football, three have been chosen to get back to work immediately.

                      St. Louis will send a trio of players overseas to take part in the NFL Europe season. Receivers Brandon Middleton and Jeremy Carter, a duo that spent most of the season on the Rams' practice squad, and running back Fred Russell, who was recently added to the roster, will be going abroad to gain more experience on and off the field.

                      NFL Europe training camps are set to begin in the next couple weeks with the season opener on March 18. For the most part, teams elect to allocate younger players with little experience to NFL Europe. Many of those players come from practice squads.

                      But, going to NFL Europe isn't exactly a dead end. In fact, a number of players have gone to Europe, gained valuable playing experience and come back to the NFL and made an impact.

                      Few teams know that better than the Rams with former quarterback Kurt Warner being the brightest example of an impact player. But St. Louis has also found the likes of receiver Dane Looker overseas. Each of the Rams going to Europe fit the bill of young players with upside hoping to make an impact there to get noticed here.

                      Middleton will play for the Rhein Fire after an up and down two seasons with the Rams that have seen him bounce between the practice squad and free agency. He was originally signed to the practice squad on Dec. 7, 2004. He spent the end of that season on the practice squad before reprising that role this season. Middleton has also been with Dallas and was once one of the leading receivers in the NCAA at Houston.

                      Carter might be the most intriguing of the Rams' representatives in Europe and will play for the Cologne Centurions. He signed with the Rams on April 21, 2005 with little recent football playing experience. But he quickly gained a reputation for his blazing speed and showed that he could have potential as a deep threat somewhere down the line. He previously played for the Triangle (N.C.) Rattlers in a semipro league, but was discovered because of his history as a track star at East Carolina. He spent the entire season on the practice squad.

                      Russell will join the Frankfurt Galaxy. If his name doesn't sound familiar, it's because he just signed with the Rams in early January. He might, however, ring a bell for local college football fans. Russell proved to be a solid scatback type of running back with the University of Iowa. He bounced around in 2005, including a stint with the Bears. He is expected to get work as a potential third down back and kick returner in Europe.
                      -02-04-2006, 05:52 PM
                    • viper
                      Five Rams Heading to NFL Europa
                      by viper
                      Friday, February 23, 2007


                      The St. Louis Rams have allocated five players to NFL Europa for the upcoming 2007 season. All five players spent time with the Rams in some capacity in 2006.

                      DE Mike Brown and CB Josh Lay have been allocated to the Berlin Thunder.

                      Brown, 6-4, 250, is a Howard University product who was signed to the Rams' practice squad on Dec. 6.

                      Lay, 6-1, 197, played at the University of Pittsburgh and signed with the Rams one week later.

                      A trio of Rams, T Jeremy Parquet, DT Tim Sandidge, and RB John David Washington will play with the Hamburg Sea Devils.

                      Parquet, 6-6, 321, out of Southern Mississippi, spent the final five weeks of the season on the Rams' active roster but was inactive for those games.

                      Sandidge, 6-1, 300, from Virginia Tech, was signed just after the 2006 NFL Draft as a rookie free agent. He spent most of the season on the Rams' practice squad before being signed to Kansas City's active roster for the final month of the season.

                      Washington, 5-9, 208, spent the entire 2006 season on the Rams' practice squad after being signed just after the NFL Draft as a rookie free agent out of Morehouse College.

                      The 2007 NFL Europa season kicks off Saturday, April 15 and will conclude with World Bowl XV on June 23 in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to the Berlin and Hamburg teams, the Frankfurt Galaxy, Rhein Fire, Amsterdam Admirals, and Cologne Centurions round out the six-team league.
                      -03-03-2007, 02:38 PM
                    • CRAZYHORNS
                      NFL Europe
                      by CRAZYHORNS
                      Do we have any NFL Europe players who maybe ready to move on to the next level.

                      Any of them play defensive?
                      -04-14-2007, 09:04 AM
                    • RamWraith
                      No More Nfl Europe
                      by RamWraith
                      NFL International to focus on global impact:
                      NFL Europa discontinued





                      (June 29, 2007) -- The NFL has determined that it will switch the focus of its international business strategy to presenting the NFL to the widest possible global audience, including broader media visibility and the staging of international regular-season games, and will discontinue NFL Europa.

                      "The time is right to re-focus the NFL's strategy on initiatives with global impact, including worldwide media coverage of our sport and the staging of live regular-season NFL games," commented Mark Waller, senior vice president of NFL International.

                      "We will continue to build our international fan base by taking advantage of technology and customized digital media that make the NFL more accessible on a global scale than ever before and through the regular-season game experience. NFL Europa has created thousands of passionate fans who have supported that league and our sport for many years and we look forward to building on this foundation as we begin this new phase of our international development."
                      -06-29-2007, 11:31 AM
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