June 21, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE)
Quarterback J.T. O\'SULLIVAN (Chicago Bears) of the Frankfurt Galaxy and running back DERRICK ROSS (Kansas City Chiefs) of the Cologne Centurions were named the Offensive Co-Most Valuable Players while Centurions defensive end JASON HALL (Carolina Panthers) was named the Defensive MVP, the NFL Europa League announced today. Hamburg Sea Devils head coach VINCE MARTINO was named Coach of the Year.
O\'Sullivan led the Galaxy to a 7-3 record and a berth in the Yello Strom World Bowl XV this Saturday, where Frankfurt will defend its title against Hamburg. The Bears\' quarterback led the NFLEL in passer rating (104.8) and passing yards (2,201) while tying for the league lead with 16 touchdown passes. The former Cal-Davis standout recorded the only two 300-yard games in NFL Europa this season, including a league-best 374-yard performance in Week 9 against the Sea Devils.
Ross was the NFLEL\'s leading rusher with 802 yards and four 100-yard games this season for Cologne. The Kansas City Chiefs\' running back totaled a league-best 933 yards from scrimmage (802 rushing, 131 receiving) and scored five touchdowns as the Centurions posted a 6-4 record.
Hall, Ross\' teammate with Cologne, set a franchise record with 12 sacks as the Centurions boasted the No. 1 ranked defense in NFL Europa (256.1 yards per game). The Carolina Panthers\' defensive end also tied a league record by recording a sack in seven consecutive games.
The league also announced its all-NFL Europa League team. A total of 12 NFL teams were represented as the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets each placed an NFL-best two players on the squad. Among the six NFL Europa teams, Cologne (8) and Hamburg (8) tied for the lead with Frankfurt (7) right behind them.
Included among the 15 All-NFL Europa League team selections who will play in World Bowl XV are Hamburg wide receiver MARCUS MAXWELL (San Francisco 49ers), guard PETE MC MAHON (Jacksonville Jaguars), tackle JEREMY PARQUET (St. Louis Rams), Frankfurt quarterback O\'Sullivan (Chicago Bears), guard MATT MC CHESNEY (New York Jets) and cornerback SHIRDONYA MITCHELL (Miami Dolphins).
Maxwell led NFL Europa with seven touchdown receptions and finished with 32 catches for 499 yards (15.6-yard average). Hamburg teammates McMahon and Parquet each started all 10 games and solidified the offensive line for the No. 2 ranked scoring team in the league (23.1 points per game).
Offensive co-MVP O\'Sullivan was protected by a strong line led by McChesney, who helped the Galaxy average an NFLEL-best 355.5 yards per game and 25.4 points per contest. Mitchell, who recorded 31 tackles and nine passes defensed, tied for second in the league with two interceptions, including an 81-yard interception-return touchdown.
Yello Strom World Bowl XV between the Sea Devils and Galaxy will be played this Saturday, June 23. The NFL Network will broadcast the game live in the United Stats at 1:00 PM ET with BOB PAPA and BRIAN BALDINGER calling the action.
Following is the All-NFL Europa League team:
A look at the NFL-allocated players on the All-NFL Europa League team:
DE JASON HALL, Cologne Centurions
Set a club record with 12 sacks for 83 yards in 10 starts. Added 30 tackles and two pass defenses.
QB J.T. O\'SULLIVAN, Frankfurt Galaxy
Started all 10 games and led NFLE with a passer rating of 104.8. Completed 174 of 254 passes for 2,201 yards, 16 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Added 31 rushes for 110 yards (13 long) and two touchdowns.
C GREG ESLINGER, Cologne Centurions
Started at center in all 10 games, helping Cologne average 307.1 yards per contest.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
WR CARLTON BREWSTER, Berlin Thunder
Started all 10 games and led the Thunder with 37 receptions for 548 yards (55 long) and one touchdown. Added four runs for 16 yards (13 long) and one kickoff return for 15 yards.
G PETE McMAHON, Hamburg Sea Devils
Started at left guard in all 10 contests as Hamburg averaged 5.4 yards per offensive play.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
RB DERRICK ROSS, Cologne Centurions
Started seven of 10 games and led NFL Europa with 802 rushing yards and five touchdowns (40 long) on 209 carries. Added 21 receptions for 131 yards (15 long).
CB SHIRDONYA MITCHELL, Frankfurt Galaxy
Started nine games at cornerback and recorded 31 tackles, two interceptions for 81 yards and one touchdown, and nine pass defenses.
DT KEVIN VICKERSON, Cologne Centurions
Started all 10 games and recorded 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two pass defenses.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
P DANNY BAUGHER, Rhein Fire
Punted 47 times for 2,040 yards (43.4) with a long of 59 yards and 15 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
S CHRIS REIS, Cologne Centurions
Ranked second on Cologne\'s defense with 54 tackles in 10 starts. Added one interception for 21 yards and one touchdown, seven pass defenses and four special-teams tackles.
NEW YORK JETS
LB BLAKE COSTANZO, Rhein Fire
Started nine of 10 games and recorded 47 tackles, two sacks, one interception for 37 yards, one forced fumble and eight pass defenses.
G MATT McCHESNEY, Frankfurt Galaxy
Started in seven of 10 games and helped the Galaxy average a league-leading 355.5 yards per game.
ST. LOUIS RAMS
T JEREMY PARQUET, Hamburg Sea Devils
Started all 10 games at right tackle as Hamburg averaged 23.1 points per game.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
WR MARCUS MAXWELL, Hamburg Sea Devils
Started nine games and caught 32 passes for 499 yards (51 long) and a league-leading 7 receiving touchdowns. Added two runs for 13 yards (10 long).