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January 27, 2006 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release

THE countdown to the 2006 NFL Europe League season, the 14th in league history, has begun with the assignment of the first group of NFL allocated players.

DREW HENSON, who started for the Dallas Cowboys in 2004, is one of the quarterbacks allocated to the NFLEL for the season. He was placed on the Rhein Fire roster as part of the first stage of the annual allocation of NFL players.

More than 100 players have been assigned to teams by the NFLEL office. Later today (Friday) a second group of NFL players will be drafted by the NFLEL head coaches. Once kickers and punters have been added during training camp in the Tampa Bay area, the total of NFL-allocated players is expected to reach approximately 250.

Defending World Bowl champion Amsterdam Admirals welcome back a familiar face in GIBRAN HAMDAN, who is allocated by the Seattle Seahawks for his third season in Europe. He started the first four games of 2005 before suffering a season-ending injury. Also at the Admirals will

be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' JARED ALLEN, a four-year starter at Florida Atlantic, where he passed for 8,100 yards.

Berlin Thunder's quarterback allocation includes Cleveland Brown LANG CAMPBELL, who passed for 3,988 yards and 30 touchdown as a senior at William & Mary to win Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors. The Cologne Centurions welcome KLIFF KINGSBURY, who saw action in two games for the New York Jets in the past season and has also spent two seasons with the New England Patriots. Buffalo Bills quarterback TORY WOODBURY also heads to Cologne, having appeared in 12 games for the Jets as a special teams player.

Competing for the starting position in Frankfurt will be CRAIG OCHS of the Bills, who was an All-Conference selection at Montana after passing for 3,807 yards as a senior and leading his team to the Division 1-AA title game, and San Francisco 49er BRYSON SPINNER.

BROCK BERLIN will arrive at the Hamburg Sea Devils on the back of extensive playing time for the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 NFL preseason. He passed for 5,099 yards and 34 touchdowns as a two-year starter at the University of Miami. He will be challenged by JAMES KILIAN, who ranks third in school history at Tulsa with 5,498 total yards.

Henson played three years at Michigan, earning All-Big 10 honors, before being drafted by baseball's New York Yankees, where he spent three years. The Cowboys signed him in 2004 and he has played in seven NFL games, including one start. The Fire will also feature Philadelphia Eagles' TIMMY CHANG, who re-wrote the record books at the University of Hawaii, with 17,072 yards and 117 touchdowns.

Additional quarterbacks are expected to be assigned at a later date.

The list of players assigned to NFLEL teams includes familiar names to fans in Europe. Running back LARRY CROOM is assigned to the Admirals from the San Diego Chargers after rushing for 303 yards and adding 18 catches for Hamburg last season. The Centurions welcome defensive tackle EDDIE FREEMAN, who recorded 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Fire last year, while Berlin wide receiver ROBERT REDD caught 15 passes in four games for the team in 2005.

Among the running backs assigned to teams, Frankfurt's TERRY BUTLER rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries for the Jets in the past preseason and ended the season on their active roster. He rushed for 2,080 yards and caught 70 passes at Villanova.

Hamburg tight end WESLEY DUKE started in last weekend's AFC Championship game for the Denver Broncos against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played three games in the regular season, scoring one touchdown.

NFLEL Director of Football Operations MIKE CHAN said: "Once again, we are very pleased with the support that we have received from the NFL teams in the quality and quantity of players they have allocated to the league for the 2006 season. We have a group of very talented young players who are looking forward to getting to Europe to play for the World Bowl championship and to take their own careers to the next level.

"I think we can look forward to an outstanding season in Europe and I am sure that many of these players will go on to achieve great success in the NFL, following the path of so many of their predecessors."

The NFLEL season kicks off on March 18 and culminates in World Bowl XIV at Düsseldorf's LTU arena on Saturday May 27.

List of NFLEL team assignments of NFL-allocated players follows. Details of the Allocated Player Draft will be released later today (Friday)...

AMSTERDAM ADMIRALS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jared Allen QB Florida Atlantic

Seattle Seahawks Gibran Hamdan QB Indiana

Oakland Raiders Reggie Robertson QB California

San Diego Chargers Larry Croom RB UNLV

San Francisco 49ers Trent Smith TE Oklahoma

Washington Redskins Antonio Brown WR West Virginia

Tennessee Titans O.J. Small WR Florida

New York Jets Marco Cavka T Sacramento State

Detroit Lions Clint Stickdorn T Cincinnati

Indianapolis Colts Mike Johnson C Kansas State

New York Giants Joe Iorio C Penn State

New York Jets Michael King G Northwestern State, La.

Buffalo Bills LaWaylon Brown DT Oklahoma State

Carolina Panthers Tony Brown DT Memphis

Philadelphia Eagles Darrell Lee DE Florida

Chicago Bears Jeremy Cain LB Massachusetts

Green Bay Packers Atari Bigby S Central Florida

Kansas City Chiefs Justin Perkins CB Connecticut

BERLIN THUNDER

Cleveland Browns Lang Campbell QB William & Mary

Chicago Bears B.J. Symons QB Texas Tech

Green Bay Packers Brian Wrobel QB Winona State

Jacksonville Jaguars Lee Webb RBF USC

San Diego Chargers Derek Farmer RB Stephen F. Austin

Atlanta Falcons Jason Randall TE Michigan State

New Orleans Saints Lance Moore WR Toledo

Atlanta Falcons Robert Redd WR Bowling Green

San Francisco 49ers Patrick Estes T Virginia

Miami Dolphins Orrin Thompson T Duke

Tennessee Titans Joel Rodriguez C Miami

Carolina Panthers Chad Beasley G/T Virginia Tech

Atlanta Falcons Toby Cecil C Texas Tech

Detroit Lions Kevin Carberry DT Ohio

Houston Texans Jason Davis DT West Virginia

Jacksonville Jaguars Elton Patterson DE Central Florida

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jermaine Taylor LB Bridgewater, Va.

Houston Texans Anthony Floyd S Louisville

Baltimore Ravens Duvol Thompson CB Pennsylvania

COLOGNE CENTURIONS

New York Jets Kliff Kingsbury QB Texas Tech

Buffalo Bills Tory Woodbury QB Winston-Salem

St. Louis Rams Fred Russell RB Iowa

Washington Redskins Calen Powell TE Duke

Cincinnati Bengals Jamall Broussard WR San Jose State

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jonathan Carter WR Troy

Kansas City Chiefs Jeremy Parquet T S. Mississippi

Denver Broncos Erik Pears T Colorado State

Detroit Lions Dave Pearson C Michigan

Arizona Cardinals Kyle Schmidtt C Maryland

Detroit Lions Levi Newton G South Florida

Kansas City Chiefs Arrion Dixon DT Arkansas

Kansas City Chiefs Eddie Freeman DT UAB

Carolina Panthers Otis Grigsby DE Kentucky

Detroit Lions Matt Grootegoed LB USC

New England Patriots Raymond Ventrone S Villanova

Seattle Seahawks Lance Frazier CB West Virginia

FRANKFURT GALAXY

Buffalo Bills Craig Ochs QB Montana

Arizona Cardinals Jeff Otis QB Columbia

San Francisco 49ers Bryson Spinner QB Richmond

New York Jets Terry Butler RB Villanova

Detroit Lions Sean McHugh TE Penn State

St. Louis Rams Jeremy Carter WR W. Carolina

Dallas Cowboys Tom Crowder WR Arkansas

Chicago Bears Qasim Mitchell T North Carolina A&T

Kansas City Chiefs Will Svitek T Stanford

New York Jets Charles Missant C W. Michigan

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jason Nerys G Delaware

New York Jets Isaac Snell G North Dakota State

Washington Redskins Aki Jones DT Fordham

Houston Texans Elliott Harris DE/DT Arkansas

Green Bay Packers Jerome Nichols DE Wake Forest

Tennessee Titans Jared Newberry LBO Stanford

Buffalo Bills Rob Lee S N. Illinois

Dallas Cowboys Lenny Williams CB Southern

HAMBURG SEA DEVILS

Miami Dolphins Brock Berlin QB Miami

Kansas City Chiefs James Kilian QB Tulsa

New England Patriots Chad Mortensen QB San Diego

Oakland Raiders DeJuan Green RB South Florida

Denver Broncos Wesley Duke TE Mercer

Washington Redskins Richard Smith WR Arkansas

New York Jets Jovan Witherspoon WR Central Michigan

Oakland Raiders Brad Lekkerkerker T Cal-Davis

Buffalo Bills Dylan McFarland T Montana

New Orleans Saints Augie Hoffman C Boston College

Cincinnati Bengals Kyle Takavitz G Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals Steven Vieira G UCLA

Philadelphia Eagles Keyonta Marshall DT Grand Valley State

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Keith Wright DT Missouri

San Francisco 49ers Scott Scharff DE Stanford

Kansas City Chiefs Kris Griffin LB Indiana (PA)

New York Giants Jason Shivers S Arizona State

Green Bay Packers Jerron Wishom CB Louisiana Tech

RHEIN FIRE

Dallas Cowboys Drew Henson QB Michigan

Philadelphia Eagles Timothy Chang QB Hawaii

New York Giants Greg Hanoian RBF Syracuse

San Francisco 49ers DeCori Birmingham RB Arkansas

Houston Texans Aaron Halterman TE Indiana

Tennessee Titans Jason Anderson WR Wake Forest

Indianapolis Colts Roscoe Crosby WR Clemson

San Francisco 49ers Harvey Dahl T Nevada

Baltimore Ravens Mike Kracalik T San Diego State

Oakland Raiders Vince Carter C Oklahoma

Denver Broncos Rob Hunt C North Dakota State

San Francisco 49ers Tony Wragge G New Mexico State

Atlanta Falcons Brook Miller DT San Diego State

Jacksonville Jaguars Walter Curry DE Albany State, Ga.

Kansas City Chiefs Zach Ville DE Missouri

New York Giants Tyson Smith LB Iowa State

Miami Dolphins Siddeeq Shabazz S New Mexico State

Green Bay Packers Therrian Fontenot CB Fresno State

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