Through extensive research and the assistance of The Growth of a Game community, we’ve compiled a list of European NCAA football players. One of our stated goals is to increase the public awareness of American football in Europe, and one of the ways in which we aim to do so is by acknowledging the prevalence of American football players who have come from Europe to play in college football.
Players on this list have all met two important criteria for inclusion: 1) They were born in Europe and 2) They played for an NCAA college football team.
These two criteria open the door for the inclusion of many names while conversely limiting inclusion of others, however there needed to be an objective line drawn to prevent an expansion on what it means to be a “European NCAA college football player”. We have not included players of European descent who were born in the United States (or elsewhere outside of Europe), however we have included Americans born in Europe as well as Europeans who immigrated to the United States at an early age. We do not aim to identify what it means to be a European – instead we chose to base this list purely on the location of birth. Doing otherwise would make this a subjective list rather than an objective one.
There are many European players who played in the NFL yet did not compete in NCAA college football, so those players are not included. This list does not include those who played in high school, NAIA, or junior colleges but did not compete at the NCAA level.
Along with each name is the player’s position, team(s), and birth place. This list is also ever-expanding and evolving, with missing information to be provided by The Growth of a Game community and staff as time goes on. Additions, edits, and improvements are welcomed in the comments section below. This list will be updated regularly.
Last Updated: Sunday, May 27th, 2018.
(K, Marshall, Bajzë)
(OL, Sacramento State, Vienna)
(DB, Incarnate World, Vienna)
(LB, Stony Brook, Graz)
(DL, Penn, Perchtoldsdor)
(OL, UNC Charlotte, Frederikshavn)
(OL, Louisiana-Lafayette, Copenhagen)
(OL, Wagner, Brøndby)
(OL, King’s College, Hedensted)
(OG, Arkansas, Svendborg)
(OL, UConn, Silkeborg)
(K, Northwest Missouri State, Vedbaek)
•Mike Mønsted Petersen
(RB, Central Connecticut State, Nykoebing Falster)
(OL, Eastern Michigan, Dragoer)
(RB, Wagner, Hillerød)
(K/P, Boise St, Guildford)
(DE, Incarnate World, Bath)
(DL, Boise St, Tavistock)
(DL, Georgia Tech, London)
(OL, Buffalo, London)
(RB, UCLA, London)
(K/P), Delaware State, Birmingham)
(RB, UNLV, Järvenpää)
(WR, Purdue, Paris)
(LB, Wyoming, Burgoberbach)
(OL, Washington State, Siegen)
(QB, Pomona College, Munich)
(OL, UMass, Cologne)
(MLB, Tennessee, Stuttgart)
(OL, UMass, Cologne)
•Jean-Claude Madin Cerezo
(WR, Northern Colorado, Hamburg)
(LB, Wyoming, Neusitz)
(OL, Liberty, Hamburg)
(OL, Maine, Berlin)
(TE, Coastal Carolina, Rome)
(RB, Clemson/Arkansas/Emporia State, Naples)
(LB, North Dakota, Amsterdam)
(DB, New Mexico State, Amsterdam)
(K, Marshall, Stavanger)
(K, Alabama, Stargard Szczeciński)
(P, Georgetown, Timișoara)
(OL, SMU, Novi Sad)
(WR, Stanford, Zaragoza)
•Adrià Botella Moreno
(WR, Sioux Falls, Barcelona)
(OL, Tennessee Tech, Sevilla)
(TE, North Texas, Östersund)
•Jordan Genmark Heath
(DB, Notre Dame, Stockholm)
(RB, North Dakota/Wyoming, Stockholm)
(DL, Grand Valley State, Uppsala)
(OL, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Uppsala)
(OL, Wofford, Karlskrona)
(OL, Rutgers, Upplands Vasby)
(DT, Robert Morris, Zürich)
Andy Gross (OG, Auburn, Berkam), Milo Gwosden (E/HB, Pittsburgh, Agram), Steve Schimititisch (C/G, Columbia, Vienna), Ray Wersching (K, Cal, Mondsee).
George Jakowenko (K, Syracuse, Charleroi), Terry Ray (Safety, Oklahoma, SHAPE).
Boni Petcoff (OT, Ohio State, ?).
Visco Grgich (OG/OT, Santa Clara, Zlarin), George Perpich (OT, Georgetown, ?).
Al Hust (DE, Tennessee, Orlova), Jerry Krysl (OT, Kansas State, Bohemia), Will Svitek (OT, Stanford, Prague).
Morten Andersen (K, Michigan State, Copenhagen), Bud Jorgensen (OT, St. Mary’s, ?), Wagner Jorgensen (C, St. Mary’s, ?), Jukka Kleinnibbelink Rysgaard (OLB, Augustana, Thisted), Hans Nielsen (K, Michigan State, Vejle), Jacob Sumana (DL, Shepherd, ?).
Vince Abbott (K, Cal State Fullerton/Washington, London), Jay Ajayi (RB, Boise State, London), Harry Collins (OG, Canisius, Leicester), Jack Crawford (DE, Penn State, London), Mike Dawson (DE/DT, Arizona, Dorking), John Dibb (OT, Army, Wilsden), Mike Estep (OG, Bowling Green, Northampton), Domonique Foxworth (DB, Maryland, Oxford), Owen Gill (RB, Iowa, London), Larry Green (DE, Georgetown, Yorkshire), Rob Hart (K, Murray State, Devizes), Ian Howfield (K, Tennessee, Watford), Rhys Lloyd (K, Minnesota, Dover), Mick Luckhurst (K, Cal, Redbourn), Scott McCready (WR, South Florida, London), Pat Morrison (S, Southern Connecticut, London), Vince Newsome (DB, Washington, Braintree), John O’Callaghan (TE, San Diego State, London), Wayne Radloff (C/OG, Georgia, London), Rick Sharp (DT/OT, Washington, London), Tim Shaw (LB, Penn State, Exeter), Galand Thaxton (LB, Wyoming, Mildinhall), Ricky Thomas (S, Alabama, London), Osi Umenyiora (DE/OLB, Troy, London), Menelik Watson (OT, Florida State, Manchester), Tom Wort (LB, Oklahoma State, Crawley).
Margus Hunt (DE, SMU, Karksi-Nuia), Michael Roos (OT, Eastern Washington, Taebla).
Seppo Evwaraye (OL, Nebraska, Vasaa), Michael Quarshie (DT, Columbia, Erlangen (GER)), Karri Kuuttila (OG, Lock Haven, ?).
Jethro Franklin (DE, Fresno State, Saint-Nazaire), Charles Romes (CB/S, North Carolina Central, Verdun), Pat Saindon (OG, Vanderbilt, Nice), Richard Tardits (LB, Georgia, Biarritz).
Mark Adickes (OG, Baylor, Stuttgart), John Alt (OT, Iowa, Stuttgart), Zenon Andrusyshyn (P, UCLA, Gunzburg), Frank Aschenbrenner (RB, Northwestern, Heibuehl), Darnell Autry (RB, Northwestern, Wiesbaden), Robert Awalt (TE, San Diego State, Landsthul), Francis Bah (DE, Liberty, Duisburg), Daniel Benetka (DE, Idaho, Leipzig), Matt Berning (LB, Central Michigan, Duisburg), Justin Bernthaler (DL, Wyoming, Stuttgart) Terry Billups (DB, North Carolina, Wiesbaden), Willie Blade (DT, Mississippi State, Landstuel), Dorian Boose (DE, Washington State, Frankfurt), Alex Borgs (LB, Wyoming, Düsseldorf), Ken Brown (LB, Virginia Tech, Wiesbaden), Brandon Burton (CB, Utah, ?), Bruce Collie (OG, Texas-Arlington, Nuremberg), Kasim Edebali (OLB, Boston College, Hamburg), John Engelberger (DE, Virginia Tech, Heidelberg), Jerome Felton (FB, Furman, Düren), James Fitzpatrick (OT, USC, Heidelberg), Peter Gaertner (K, Delaware State, Berlin), Ron George (LB, Stanford, Heidelberg), Patrick Gerigk (WR, Pacific, Berlin), Brandon Gibson (WR, Washington State, ?), Werner Hippler (TE, Sacramento State, Cologne), Domenik Hixon (WR/KR, Akron, Neunkirchen), Jürgen Hoffmann (OG, Winona State, Rodgav), Mike Jenkins (CB, South Florida, Neuenbürg), John Jurkovic (DT, Eastern Illinois, Friedrichshafen), Gerrit Keferstein (WR, Wisconsin Platteville, Siegburg), Terry Kinard (S, Clemson, Bitburg), Jeff Knapple (QB, Northern Colorado, Wurzburg), Tobias Knipp (WR, Delaware State, Hamburg), Marco Knorr (WR, West Virginia Tech/Urbana, Kiel), Markus Koch (DE, Boise State, Niedermarsberg), Chris Kolodziejski (TE, Wyoming, Augsburg). Karl Kremser (K, Tennessee, Salzwedel), Markus Kuhn (DT, North Carolina State, Mannheim), Mike Kullman (DB, Kutztown, Frankfurt), Doug Legursky (OG/C, Marshall, Frankfurt), Tobias Lemke (OG, Minnesota Duluth, Essen), D.D. Lewis (LB, Texas, Bremermhaven), Nick Lowery (K, Dartmouth, Munich), Marvin Marshall (WR, South Carolina State, Aschaffenburg), Tony Mayberry (C, Wake Forest, Wurzburg), Anthony McDowell (RB, Texas Tech, Augsburg), Dan McMillen (DE, Colorado, Wiesbaden), Gerald McNeil (WR, Baylor, Oilers, Frankfurt), Ray Mickens (CB, Texas A&M, Frankfurt), Dwayne Missouri (DE, Northwestern, Frankfurt), Ralf Mojsiejenko (P, Michigan State, Salzgitter Lebenstadt), Kyle Moore (DE, USC, ?), Jamar Nesbit (OG, South Carolina, Heidelberg), Jeff Nixon (S, Richmond, Furstenfeldbruck), Mark Nzeocha (LB, Wyoming, Neusitz), David Odenthal (C, Toledo, Cologne), Joel Patten (OT, Duke, Augsburg), Hank Piro (DE, Syracuse, Northoltz), Kavika Pittman (DE, McNeese State, Frankfurt), Alan Reid (RB, Minnesota, Wurzburg), Ed Reynolds (LB, Virginia, Stuttgart), Tony Richardson (FB, Auburn, Frankfurt), Constantin Ritzmann (DE, Tennessee, Freiburg), Bastian Schober (OL, Iowa State, Neuendettelsau) Oliver Schober (LB, Wyoming, Munich), Gerhard Schwedes (HB, Syracuse, Freiburg), Siddeeq Shabazz (DB, New Mexico State, Frankfurt), Arnie Simkus (DE, Michigan, Schlava), William Sims (LB, Louisiana-Lafayette, Frankfurt), Gary Smith (OG, Virginia Tech, Bitburg), Ernie Stautner (DT, Boston College, Cham), Joel Steed (NT, Colorado, Frankfurt), Fred Steinfort (K, Boston College, Wetter). Travis Stephens (RB, Tennessee, Wiesbaden). Tony Stewart (TE, Penn State, Lohne). Joe Szczecko (DT, Northwestern, Lahr), Jamaar Taylor (WR, Texas A&M, Giessen), Patrick Venzke (OT, Idaho, Essen), Tony Vinson (RB, Towson, Frankfurt), Sebastian Vollmer (OT, Houston, Karst), Uwe von Schamann (K, Oklahoma, Berlin), Cedric Udegbe (DL, Delaware, ?), Sammie Walden (DE, East Carolina, Ansbach), Gary Walker (C, Cowboys, Hassfurt), Björn Werner (OLB, Florida State, Berlin), David Whitehurst (QB, Packers, Baumhaulder), Dennis Wiehberg (K, Howard, Berlin), Reggie Williams (WR, Washington, Landstuhl), Patrick Wolff, (P, Howard, Wurselen), Keith Zinger (TE, LSU, Heidelberg).
Chris Farasopoulas (S, BYU, Piraeus), Angelo Loukas (G, Northwestern, Corinth), John Maskas (OG/OT, Virginia Tech, Chios), Gust Zarnas (OG/OT, Ohio State, Ikaris).
Charlie Gogolak (K, Princeton, Rabahicleug), Pete Gogolak (K/P, Cornell, Budapest), Steve Mike-Mayer (K, Maryland, Budapest).
Francis Fitzgerald (RB, Detroit, County Kerry), Tomm Graham (OG, Temple, Omagh), Bertie Maher (DE, Detroit, County Mayo), Bob Nash (DE/OT, Rutgers, County Meathe), Con O’Brien (OT, Boston College, ?), Neil O’Donoghue (K/P, Auburn, Dublin), John Sinnott (OT, Brown, Wexford), Adrian Young (LB, USC, Dublin).
Bruno Banducci (OG/OT, Stanford, Tasignano), Dom Cara (E, North Carolina State, Reggio di Calabria), Enio Conti (OG, Bucknell, Naples), Frank Gaziano (OG, Holy Cross, Realemonte), Pete Gorgone (QB, Muhlenberg, Bruca), David Knight (WR, William & Mary, Trieste), Massimo Manca (K, Penn State, Sassari), Nick Mike-Mayer (K, Temple, Bologna), Leo Nomellini (DT/OT, Minnesota, Lucca), Kerry Porter (RB, Washingto State, Vicenza), Joe Savoldi (FB, Notre Dame, Milan), Ralph Sazio (OT, William & Mary, Avellino), Giorgio Tavecchio (K, Cal, Milan), Ralph Vince (OG/OT/DE, Washington & Jefferson, Vinci), Sandro Vitiello (K, UMass, Broccastella), Elnardo Webster (LB, Rutgers, Gortiza), Will Yeatman (OT, Maryland, Naples).
Vilnis Ezerins (RB, Wisconsin-Whitewater, ?).
Bill Lajousky (OG, Catholic, Vilnius), Arunas Vasys (LB, Notre Dame, ?).
Novo Bojovic (K, Central Michigan, Podgorica).
Jim Asmus (K, Hawaii, Meppal), Romeo Bandison (DT, Oregon, The Hague), Jeffrey Bediako (LB, Idaho State, Amsterdam), Geraldo Boldewijn (WR, Boise State, Amsterdam), Case DeBruijn (P, Idaho State, The Hague), Cedric Febis (DB, Boise State, Amsterdam), Harald Hasselbach (DE/DT, Washington, Amsterdam), Pascal Matla (C, Eastern Illinois, Leidschendam), Ricky Tjong-a-tjoe (DT, Boise State, Amsterdam), Stern Vile (OL, Florida Atlantic, Amsterdam).
Halvor Hagen (DE/OG/OT, Weber State, Oslo), Leif Larsen (DT, UTEP, Oslo), Mike Mock (LB, Texas Tech, Trondheim), Jan Stenerud (K, Montana State, Fetsund).
Dutch Connor (RB, New Hampshire, ?), Jack Grossman (FB, Rutgers, ?), Sebastian Janikowski (K, Florida State, Wałbrzych), Mike Latek (LB, Colgate, Czestochowa), Jason Maniecki (DT, Wisconsin, Rabka), Chester Marcol (K, Hillsdale, Opole), Filip Pawelka (WR, Central Florida, Słupsk), Rich Szaro (K, Harvard, Rzeszów).
Bernie Feibish (C, NYU, ?), George Gross (DT, Auburn, Weilau), Zoltán Meskó (P, Michigan, Timișoara), Red Seidelson (OG/OT, Pittsburgh, ?).
John Barsha (FB, Syracuse, ?), Ace Gutowsky (FB/HB/QB, Oklahoma City, Komolty), Max Padlow (DE, Ohio State, ?), Harry Shaub (OG, Cornell, ?).
Tom Birney (K, Michigan State, Bellshill), Graham Gano (K, Florida State, Arbroath), Art Matsu (HB/QB, William & Mary, Glasgow), Andrew Peterson (OG, Washington, Greenock), James Robertson (RB, Carnegie Mellon, Aberdeen), Lawrence Tynes (K, Troy, Greenock), Alex Waits (P, Texas, Glasgow).
Filip Filipović (P, South Dakota, Belgrade).
Joe Cerne (C, Northwestern, Črnomelj), Joe Kodba (C, Purdue, ?).
Jess Rodriguez (RB/OT, Salem, Aviles), Kelly Rodriguez (FB/HB/QB, West Virginia Wesleyan, Aviles), Ray Rowe (TE, San Diego State, Rota).
Johan Asker, (DE/C, New Hampshire, Karlstad), Chris Gartner (K, Indiana, Gothenburg), Stone Hallquist (RB/QB, Middlebury, Sodholm), David Hedelin (OL, Purdue, Stockholm), William James (DB, North Dakota, Sollentuna), Ove Johansson (K, Abilene Christian, Gothenburg), Sebastian Johansson (OL, Marshall, Karlstad), Karl Hilmers Johnson (OG/OT, Washington & Lee, Javia), Ola Kimrin (K, UTEP, Malmo), Göran Lingmerth (K, Northern Arizona, Nassjo), Martin Lundberg (?, Sacramento State, ?), Björn Nittmo (K, Appalachian State, Lomma), Olle Norberg (C, Indiana State, Stockholm) Curly Oden (FB/RB/QB, Brown, Stockholm), Gustav Rydstedt (OG, Stanford, Stockholm).
Tunch Ilkin (C/OT/DT, Indiana State, Istanbul).
Art Dorfman (C/DE/OG, Boston University, Odessa), Charles Goldenberg (FB/OG/RB/QB, Wisconsin, Odessa), Igor Olshansky (DE, Oregon, Dnepropetrovsk).
Jon Norris (DE, American International, ?), Terry Price (K, Texas A&M, Hendy).
Have we left anyone out? Please let us know (along with reference links) in the comments section below.
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