Posts by D.J. Podgorny

November 14, 2016

Introducing American Football to English Schools

The roots of American football in England date all the way back to World War II. U.S. and Canadian troops stationed throughout Europe would meet in the United Kingdom regularly to compete in rivalry matches throughout the war. These contests were met with positive reception

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October 31, 2016

Soaking Up the NFL International Series Experience

Dating back to the 2007 season, the National Football League has been playing at least one regular season game abroad each year. Beginning as an annual event, the NFL International Series expanded to multiple contests in 2013 and now features four regular season games every

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October 13, 2016

American Football in Scandinavia Part 1: Finland

When it comes to American football in Scandinavia, one would be hard-pressed to find a country with a more successful, storied past than Finland. Dating back to the formation of the American Football Association of Finland (SAJL) in 1979, the sport has experienced significant growth

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September 29, 2016

Quarterback Alex Bridgford joins The Growth of a Game team

We are thrilled to announce that quarterback Alex Bridgford has joined The Growth of a Game team. Going forward, The Growth of a Game will represent Bridgford on all football-related matters. The pro-style quarterback joins us after spending two years at the University of Redlands

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September 22, 2016

Coach Brett Morgan latest addition to The Growth of a Game family

The Growth of a Game is pleased to announce that head coach Brett Morgan has joined our team. Going forward, The Growth of a Game will represent Morgan on all football matters. A young coach with specialization in quarterbacks, Morgan displayed his offensive expertise last

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September 20, 2016

Coach Sean Embree joins The Growth of a Game team

We are thrilled to announce that head coach Sean Embree has joined The Growth of a Game team. Going forward, The Growth of a Game will represent Embree on all football matters. Coach Embree’s storied past includes a combined 54-6 record as head coach of the

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September 9, 2016

Quarterback Angel Santiago joins The Growth of a Game team

We are honored to welcome quarterback Angel Santiago to The Growth of a Game team. Going forward, The Growth of a Game will represent Santiago on all football-related matters. The dual-threat quarterback joins our family after spending four years behind center at Army. In his

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September 8, 2016

Zahradka earns MVP honors as Italy wins European Championship qualifiers

The Italian National team hung on to beat Serbia on Sunday by a score of 17-14 in the European Championship qualifiers. The Italian team weathered the Serbians’ 14 point fourth quarter to claim the tournament title. In two games behind center for Italy, Luke Zahradka

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September 5, 2016

Quarterback Matt Reyes joins The Growth of a Game team

We’re pleased to announce that quarterback Matt Reyes has signed with The Growth of a Game team. Going forward, The Growth of a Game will represent Reyes on all representation matters. Hailing from El Paso, Texas, Reyes joined the Holstebro Dragons at the beginning of

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September 3, 2016

Zahradka helps lead Italy to decisive win over Israel

The Italian National team won their match-up over Israel in the European Championship qualifiers Friday by a score of 40-10. After entering the locker room even at 10-10, the Italian squad came alive in the second half, shutting out Israel while stringing together five scoring

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