Found June 29, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
Soccer may be the world's biggest sport right now, but the American love for OUR "football" is spreading overseas at a rate many Americans aren't aware of. There isn't quite a global presence of football yet to the point where NFL teams are scouting outside of the US, but that day may not be too far off. In the 2009 draft, the New England Patriots selected German born Sebastian Vollmer in the second round, considered a surprise pick for two reasons. One, he was a very raw, former tight end that was still learning the game despite being dominant at times at Houston. And two, he had only been playing football in American for four years. While Vollmer may be the poster child for a German-born football player moving to the NFL, another German born lineman may be yet another catalyst for a global football presence in the NFL: Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. Werner didn't play in Germany through high school the way Vollmer did, but he was an excha...
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