NFL Connections - AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and a win against Josh Allen

There have been multiple European League of Football players and coaches that were on an NFL roster or staff. This week, we will focus on offense and special teams players.

October 23, 2022
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Dominik Krauss
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NFL Connections - AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and a win against Josh Allen
Lamar Jordan II during the 2022 Championship Game. ©Jonas Wicker

Wide receiver Reece Horn making an impact

Reece Horn spent multiple years in the NFL. ©Fritz Philipp Photography

After signing as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2016, Horn spent two years in Europe, playing for the Milano Seamen and Vienna Vikings, before a stint with the Memphis Express in the AAF. His performances got him signed to the Miami Dolphins in 2021. After getting released, he played a season in the XFL, before the season was cancelled due to COVID.

In 2021 Reece Horn, joined the TSL Linemen, where he won the 2021 Spring League Title as the team’s leading receiver. He was once again picked up by an NFL team after the season. After being cut from the Cincinnati Bengals, he joined the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL, before finding a home in Frankfurt.

The 29-year-old American wideout has been a difference maker for the Frankfurt Galaxy in 2022. He hauled in 39 catches for 683 yards and 11 touchdowns in only 8 games. Especially in the endzone, the former NFL wide receiver was nearly unstoppable.

Lamar Jordan II: Winning against Josh Allen

College quarterback turned into NFL wideout: Lamar Jordan II. ©Jonas Wic

The athletic wide receiver started his career as quarterback. After an impressive high school career, the three-star signal caller committed to New Mexico, where he would redshirt his freshman year. After being the third-string quarterback before the season, Jordan was the Lobos’ starter by the end of his redshirt freshman season. As a redshirt junior, Jordan and his Lobos played the Wyoming Cowboys who were led by now Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Jordan and his team managed to beat Allen's team with a final score of 56-35.

Lamar Jordan II ended his collegiate career with 20 passing and 17 rushing touchdowns in 46 games.

In 2018, the former quarterback was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Falcons, for which he played wide receiver. After his release, Jordan participated in the Edmonton Eskimos rookie minicamp and an XFL showcase, before playing for the Massachusetts Pirates in 2020.

In December 2021, Jordan signed with the Hamburg Sea Devils, for which he had 1219 total yards and three touchdowns and made it to the championship game.

New York football Giants and Anthony Dablé-Wolf

Former New York Giant Anthony Dablé-Wolf. ©simonbraun.photography

The French standout started his career in 2007 at age 17 for the Grenoble Centaurs, after discovering the sport by playing a video game. In 2013, the talented wideout started his season in Germany with the Lübeck Cougars, but ended his season with the Berlin Rebels.

In 2014 and 2015, Dablé-Wolf caught a combined 145 passes for 2,437 yards and 32 touchdowns on his way to win two consecutive German Bowls.

After posting his tape online, Dablé-Wolf was spotted and signed by the New York Giants in 2016, after participating in the NFL Regional Combine in Minnesota. After his release from the Giants, the French receiver signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2017.

In 2018, Anthony Dablé-Wolf returned to the Lions, but signed with the Hildesheim Invaders in 2019, after a disappointing season with the Lions. In Hildesheim, he caught 70 passes for 820 yards and 14 touchdowns.

After the 2020 season was cancelled, the now 34-year-old signed with the Leipzig Kings. He caught a combined 97 passes for 1185 yards and seven touchdowns in his two years in the European League of Football.

AFC Special Teams Player of the Week - K Giorgio Tavecchio

Former AFC Special Teamer of the Week Giorgio Tavecchio. ©Eric Ribé

The Italian kicker attended the University of California, where he was a starter from 2008 to 2011. After going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, Tavecchio would bounce around the league, including stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions, before signing with the Raiders in 2014. He would be cut two more times, before getting signed to the practice squad and making his NFL debut in 2017.

In his first game as a Raider, Giorgio Tavecchio made 2/2 extra points and 4/4 field goals, including two 52-yard kicks and earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Tavecchio finished his season with 33/34 extra points and 16-21 field goals, but was cut by the Raiders, nevertheless.

Not even a month later, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons, but was waived again. He was signed for one game in which he made 2/2 extra points and 3/3 field goals, including a 56-yard kick. Despite earning the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for his performance, he was cut after the game.

After playing for the Los Angeles Wildcats, he was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad, but ended up getting released only two weeks later, which ended his NFL career.

In his two years with the Barcelona Dragons, Tavecchio made 41 extra point and 15 field goals, including a 56-yarder for his team.

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