Replacement for the Secondary found!
A man for interceptions and good coverage! Marloshawn Franklin Jr. is becoming a Sea Devil. The 24-year-old cornerback comes as the final set piece of Hamburg's pass defense. With him, the defense should gain stability to face the Frankfurt Galaxy at Stadion Hoheluft on June 20 in the European League of Football season opener. Franklin Jr. replaces Verkedric Vaughns, who has returned to the USA for family reasons.
The Detroit, Michigan native defensive player lived his college years at Mesa Community College between 2014 and 2015 before moving on to the University of California Berkley. There, he played in a total of 14 games from 2016 to 2018 while studying sociology. After college, the 6-foot-2, 86-pound former PAC-12 athlete was part of practice for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and the BC Lions in the CFL. Most recently, he was a key part of the Beasts' team in the Fan Controlled Football League as the Defensive MVP.
With Franklin Jr. comes a fast player with good reflexes to complement the Hamburg Sea Devils team. "I'm definitely thankful to be able to take advantage of this opportunity of playing in the European League of Football. It's an exciting time to be a Hamburg Sea Devil! Can't wait to meet my teammates and explore the beautiful city of Hamburg and compete for a ELF Championship. It`s my goal to add value to my team wherever they need me and to learn how to speak German,“ says the cornerback, explaining his move to the Hanseatic city.
"Marloshawn is an intelligent player who learns quickly and shows good character. He connected with his new teammates early on and will fit in well with the team. He is hardworking and a good addition," Hamburg Sea Devils head coach Ted Daisher said of the nimble defensive back.
In addition to Marloshawn Franklin Jr., the defensive backs already signed are expected to provide solid pass and run defense to put enough pressure on upcoming opponents. The Hamburg Sea Devils are in the starting blocks to kick off their inaugural season on June 20 against the Frankfurt Galaxy at home.