BERLIN, Germany – Former Lumberjack Conrad Meadows signed with the Berlin Adler Eagles last week to become the third former Lumberjack scheduled to play in the German Football League in the upcoming season. Training camp starts in April in preparation for the start of play in May.
"Signing with this German team means a lot considering they were ranked #2 in Europe at the conclusion of last season," said Meadows. "For Coach Wanja and the Berlin Adler to choose me out of everyone they considered is a great honor. Only two Americans are on each team in Europe, sometimes three and many people contact these teams. They are an extremely organized football team which is also appealing."
Meadows, who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and safety for a team in Croatia last season, will play against former teammates Michael Herrick and Reid Worthington of the New Yorker Lions.
"Playing against Mike and Reid will be fun, not only because were former teammates, but because we'll be in Germany thousands of miles away," said Meadows. "I coached at Moorpark High School this last season while Mike was coaching at Valencia High School and Moorpark won. "I know Mike is going to want revenge and it is going to be a great experience. The team they signed with is a great team and I've heard great things about their stadium and fans as well.. All in all I'm looking forward to the entire experience."
In his senior season Meadows saw action in all 11 games and earned All-Big Sky honorable mention honors at the receiver position. In 2009 Meadows finished second on the team in receptions and yards with 72 receptions for 843 yards and four touchdowns. As a member of the NAU track and field team Meadows was a member of the 2008 Big Sky champion indoor team.
"I have high expectations for this league and season," said Meadows. "I've heard a lot of great things about the league and city of Berlin from former players of the Berlin Adler. The fan support is great and I'm very excited."
Former Lumberjack football standout Lance Kriesien will also play with a team in Serbia this season, giving NAU four players playing professionally overseas.