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    In the last month, the NFL has sat back and watched with envy as the NHL and NBA have continued to see their leagues go "global". The NFL has been in Europe since the early 1990's, yet still has produced no tangible talent, outside of a few kickers.

    Recently, NFL teams have signed a couple dozen NFLE players to expedite the flow of International talent. Those players, mainly in their late 20's and 30's, are not considered legit NFL prospects. However, some would be suprised to know that at least 3 international players will be competing and playing big roles at major U.S colleges this season.


    Constantin Ritzmann--DE: With a rare combination of size and speed, Ritzmann was expected to lead the Tennessee Volunteers defense last season. Ritzmann, didn't get the chance, as he tore his ACL before the season started....Came to a U.S high school (Fla) from Germany and was recruited by every college in America.....A very good player in his first 3 years at UT, who has had to battle injuries and a parade of #1 NFL drafts for playing time....Career highlight was 17 yard sack of Quincy Carter, in which the the big DE just "outran" the speedy QB to the corner :blink:

    Chances for NFL? Much of that will come down to how much his knee rebounds for his 5th year. Had it not been for the ACL tear, he would've likely been picked in the 2003 draft.


    Claudius Osei-DB Known as the "European Deion Sanders", Osei is another exchange student from Germany that attended a highschool in Florida.....Osei's family is actually from Nigeria, but moved to Germany when he was young.....He was very highly recruited and choose Florida State over a number of major schools... Has the size of safety and speed of a CB.

    Chances for NFL? Coming from Europe, Osei may've set his sights too high by going to FSU. He'll compete for a starting spot this fall, but playing time has been hard to come by for the German/Nigerian star.....He'll get a strong look by NFL teams due to his tremendous physical talent. I don't expect him to be drafted though.


    Igor Olshansky A 6-6, 300lb DT, this Russian is clearly the star of the group. Is already one of the better the DT's in the nation, despite only having been introduced to football 4 years ago .....Some feel he may be the stongest player to ever play at Oregon :o

    Chances for NFL? Could he be the next Dwayne Robertson in the draft? Despite his limited experience, Igor was completely unstoppable this year in spring scrimmages. Too early to tell, but this player could be a huge talent, as he seems to get much better every game and he's only a junior :o






    http://goducks.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/mt...sky_igor00.html

    http://utsports.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/m...nstantin00.html

    http://seminoles.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/...claudius00.html

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    Originally posted by Riggins44@Jul 11 2003, 07:03 PM
    In the last month, the NFL has sat back and watched with envy as the NHL and NBA have continued to see their leagues go "global". The NFL has been in Europe since the early 1990's, yet still has produced no tangible talent, outside of a few kickers.

    Recently, NFL teams have signed a couple dozen NFLE players to expedite the flow of International talent. Those players, mainly in their late 20's and 30's, are not considered legit NFL prospects. However, some would be suprised to know that at least 3 international players will be competing and playing big roles at major U.S colleges this season.


    Constantin Ritzmann--DE: With a rare combination of size and speed, Ritzmann was expected to lead the Tennessee Volunteers defense last season. Ritzmann, didn't get the chance, as he tore his ACL before the season started....Came to a U.S high school (Fla) from Germany and was recruited by every college in America.....A very good player in his first 3 years at UT, who has had to battle injuries and a parade of #1 NFL drafts for playing time....Career highlight was 17 yard sack of Quincy Carter, in which the the big DE just "outran" the speedy QB to the corner :blink:

    Chances for NFL? Much of that will come down to how much his knee rebounds for his 5th year. Had it not been for the ACL tear, he would've likely been picked in the 2003 draft.


    Claudius Osei-DB Known as the "European Deion Sanders", Osei is another exchange student from Germany that attended a highschool in Florida.....Osei's family is actually from Nigeria, but moved to Germany when he was young.....He was very highly recruited and choose Florida State over a number of major schools... Has the size of safety and speed of a CB.

    Chances for NFL? Coming from Europe, Osei may've set his sights too high by going to FSU. He'll compete for a starting spot this fall, but playing time has been hard to come by for the German/Nigerian star.....He'll get a strong look by NFL teams due to his tremendous physical talent. I don't expect him to be drafted though.


    Igor Olshansky A 6-6, 300lb DT, this Russian is clearly the star of the group. Is already one of the better the DT's in the nation, despite only having been introduced to football 4 years ago .....Some feel he may be the stongest player to ever play at Oregon :o

    Chances for NFL? Could he be the next Dwayne Robertson in the draft? Despite his limited experience, Igor was completely unstoppable this year in spring scrimmages. Too early to tell, but this player could be a huge talent, as he seems to get much better every game and he's only a junior :o






    http://goducks.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/mt...sky_igor00.html

    http://utsports.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/m...nstantin00.html

    http://seminoles.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/...claudius00.html
    This Olhansky guy sounds like Ivan Drago at defensive tackle.

    Maybe when he injures Brady next year, In a postgame interview when asked about Brady's condition, He can say... "If he dies, He dies".

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    It will be interesting to see how these 3 players fare this season. The NFL, for sure, really has upped it's efforts to bring the game overseas, and if any of these players can make an impact in the NFL, that would be a tremendous starting point (I'm not including kickers).

    Things can change real fast in pro sports: Just 4 years ago, many Knicks fans laughed at the teams that brought in foreign talent. Today, Knick fans eagerly await the arrival of 3 Eruo's and bemoan a deal that sent a young Brazilian to Denver. Anyone see that coming 10 years ago?

    The two Germans--Ritzmann and Osei--haven't quite lived up to their enourmous hype, but still could start at Tenn. and Fla St, so they are good.....The Russian kid just keeps getting better and better. Paul Taglibue and the NFL have to be very excited about him.

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