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April 3, 1998

Over 35 players with ties to colleges in the Southwest, including three forrmer Texas Tech Red Raiders grace the rosters of NFL Europe League teams as the spring professional circuit kicks off its eighth season this weekend. FOX Sports Net will provide season-long national television coverage with the premiere of the NFL EUROPE LEAGUE GAME OF THE WEEK on 10 consecutive Sunday nights.

Formerly the World League, the NFL Europe League features American-style football based exclusively in Europe. Recognized for its high caliber of play, the league includes nearly 100 NFL-allocated players on six teams in five countries: the Amsterdam Admirals, Barcelona Dragons, England Monarchs, Frankfurt Galaxy, Rhein Fire and Scottish Claymores.

Former Rice University quarterback Josh LaRocca headlines the list of players from the Southwest also that includes several stars who honed their skills in the Big 12, Southland, SEC and WAC. LaRocca, a member of the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, currently is battling Baltimore Ravens quarterback Wally Richardson for the starting job with the England Monarchs.

The University of Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin top the chart of Southwest schools with four former players each, followed by Texas Tech and Rice with three a piece. Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, TCU, New Mexico State and McNeese State each have two alumni playing in the NFL Europe League.

Jim Ritchey, who passed for 5,300 yards and threw 42 touchdowns during a stellar four-year career at Stephen F. Austin, will lead the defending World Bowl champion Barcelona Dragons against 1996 World Bowl winners Scottish Claymores in this week's first televised game. FOX Sports Southwest will provide same-day taped coverage of the season-opener on Sunday, April 5 at 6:00 PM CT. Former Oklahoma cornerback Anthony Fogle and defensive end Larry Jackson (Texas A&M) will join Ritchey and running back Reggie Brooks, who was a 1,000-yard rusher for the Washington Redskins in his rookie NFL season in 1993, on the Barcelona team.

Other Southwest college marquee players include former Texas Tech starting quarterback Robert Hall, who also quarterbacked Dallas Carter High School to the Class 5A state championship in 1988. He has switched to wide receiver for the Amsterdam Admirals. Also featured are England Monarchs running back Shon Mitchell (Texas), fullback Oscar Gray (Arkansas), wide receiver Reggie Jones (LSU), and linebacker Norman Watkins (Texas); Amsterdam Admirals defensive lineman Roosevelt Collins (TCU); and Scottish Claymores linebacker Emmett Waldron (Rice).

The 1998 season marks the fourth year broadcast sister network FOX Sports has been a partner with the NFL in the NFL Europe League joint venture. For the third consecutive year, FOX Sports will televise the World Bowl live on Sunday, June 14 at noon CT from Frankfurt, Germany. In addition, DirectTV returns for another year of NFL Europe League coverage, televising two games each week throughout the regular season. Rounding out the U.S. coverage are FOX cable outlets FOX Sports World and FOX Sports Americas, who also offer delayed game of the week telecast packages.

As a complement to its weekly telecast schedule, FOX Sport Net also provides the latest NFL news from home and abroad with the "NFL Europe Halftime Show," hosted by FOX SPORTS NEWS anchor Van Earl Wright and FOX SPORTS NEWS NFL studio analyst and former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Jackie Slater.

Handling the play-by-play duties for FOX Sports Net telecasts this year is Paul Kennedy, who called the action for the 1997 NFL Europe League season on FX and for the NFL on FOX while announcing Conference USA football on FOX Sports Net last fall. Joining Kennedy in the broadcast booth throughout the season are NFL on FOX analysts Ray Bentley, a former Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, and Trevor Matich, a 12-year NFL veteran who rounded out his career in 1996 with the Washington Redskins. NFL on FOX analyst Bill Maas, a former defensive lineman with the Kansas City Chiefs and co-host of FOX Sports Net's NFL studio show, HARDCORE FOOTBALL, also serves as an analyst on select NFL Europe League telecasts. Brian Baldinger, a former offensive lineman with the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles who worked with Kennedy on Conference USA games, rounds out the analyst team.

NFL EUROPE LEAGUE PLAYERS WHO ATTENDED SOUTHWEST COLLEGES 
Name              POS   NFL Europe Team   College
Shawn Banks        LB   Frankfurt Galaxy    Texas Tech 
Harold Bishop      TE   Rhein Fire          LSU 
Vince Bradford     LB   Rhein Fire          Arkansas
Sedric Clark       LB   Frankfurt Galaxy    Tulsa
Roosevelt Collins  DL   Amsterdam Admirals  TCU  
Kotto Cotton       WR   Barcelona Dragons   Arkansas
Terence Davis      WR   England Monarchs    McNeese St.
Tim Denton         CB   Rhein Fire          Sam Houston St.
Greg Evans         CB   Frankfurt Galaxy    TCU 
Jerod Fiebiger     TE   England Monarchs    Texas Tech
Anthony Fogle      CB   Barcelona Dragons   Oklahoma
Stefan Gamlin      DT   Frankfurt Galaxy    Arkansas St.
Oscar Gray         FB   England Monarchs    Arkansas
Geof Greiner       RB   Frankfurt Galaxy    Oklahoma St. 
Robert Hall        WR   Amsterdam Admirals  Texas Tech
Alonzo Hampton     DB   Frankfurt Galaxy    Northeast La. 
Ed Howard          WR   England Monarchs    Rice
Ernest Hunter      RB   Barcelona Dragons   SE Oklahoma
Larry Jackson      DE   Barcelona Dragons   Texas A&M
Reggie Jones       WR   England Monarchs    LSU  
Richard Jones      CB   Rhein Fire          Texas A&M 
Joseph Kerry     S/QB   Rhein Fire          McNeese State
Brannon Kidd        G   England Monarchs    SMU 
Josh LaRocca       QB   England Monarchs    Rice
Sam Manuel         LB   Scottish Claymores  New Mexico St.
Sean Manuel        TE   England Monarchs    New Mexico St.
Jason Martin       QB   Barcelona Dragons   Louisiana Tech 
Corey Mayfield     DE   Barcelona Dragons   Oklahoma
George McCullough  CB   Barcelona Dragons   Baylor
Shon Mitchell      RB   England Monarchs    Texas
Octus Polk          G   England Monarchs    Stephen F. Austin
Jim Ritchey        QB   Barcelona Dragons   Stephen F. Austin
Earl Scott         OL   Amsterdam Admirals  Arkansas
Emmett Waldron     LB   Scottish Claymores  Rice
Craig Warren        T   England Monarchs    Stephen F. Austin
Norman Watkins     LB   England Monarchs    Texas
Joey Wylie          G   Barcelona Dragons   Stephen F. Austin
 

1998 FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST NFL EUROPE TELECAST SCHEDULE DATE GAME TIME April 5 Scottish Claymores at Barcelona Dragons (SDD) 6:00 PM April 12 Barcelona Dragons at Frankfurt Galaxy (SDD) 6:00 PM April 19 Rhein Fire at Scottish Claymores (SDD) 6:00 PM * April 26 Barcelona Dragons at Rhein Fire (SDD) 7:00 PM May 3 Rhein Fire at Frankfurt Galaxy (SDD) 6:00 PM May 10 Amsterdam Admirals at England Monarchs (SDD) 6:00 PM May 17 Amsterdam Admirals at Frankfurt Galaxy (SDD) 6:00 PM May 24 Barcelona Dragons at Amsterdam Admirals (SDD) 6:00 PM May 31 Scottish Claymores at Frankfurt Galaxy (SDD) 6:00 PM June 7 Amsterdam Admirals at Scottish Claymores (SDD) 6:00 PM SDD - Same day delay * - joined in progress in markets carrying Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets NBA game

All Times Listed Are Central Schedule subject to change

 

 

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