The impact of Germany on the NFL has made an enduring impression on this much-loved American sport. Explore the captivating tales of these German figures in the game.

From groundbreaking players to historic games, Germany has redefined the sport with their innovative approach and unwavering dedication.

In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through the achievements of these German NFL heroes.

Their passion, talent, and relentless pursuit of excellence have not only enriched the sport but have also forged a profound connection between American football and Germany.

Let's celebrate their contributions and explore the stories that have shaped the NFL's international landscape.

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How many German players are in the NFL?

According to an article by Rodger Sherman for The Ringer, currently 'there are six German-born NFL players and in the 2021 season there were 25 German-born FBS players.' These players have assumed positions as linebackers, safeties, and tight ends.

USA Today Sports reports that 'the NFL maintains a list of 84 players who were born in Germany and played at least one regular-season game.' Several of them, such as the Nesser brothers and defensive lineman Ernie Stautner, lived in Germany for a few years before growing up in the US.

The USA Today Sports article further highlights that when it comes to earning Division I scholarships, German players often take the lead among Europeans. For instance, highly sought-after German defensive lineman Hero Kanu ultimately decided to join Ohio State.

Yet, it's worth noting that not all German players find success at the highest level. Take wide receiver Moritz Böhringer, for example. When the Minnesota Vikings selected him in the sixth round in 2016, he had no prior experience in US high schools or colleges. Despite this, he managed to secure a spot on the practice squad.

With the NFL's regular-season game in Germany returning in 2024, we check out some of the German players who've left their mark.  

Jakob Johnson

Johnson's passion for football and his relentless work ethic propelled him from Berlin to Las Vegas.

As a fullback, his contributions to the team go beyond statistics, as he consistently showcases his versatility and team-first mentality.

Starting at Germay’s own Stuttgart Scorpions, Johnson earned himself a move to the iconic New England Patriots, before signing for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022.

His commitment to the German development of the sport has led him back to his roots at Stuttgart Scorpions, where he is now a co-owner of the club.

Sebastien Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer's NFL career is nothing short of exceptional. As an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots, playing alongside NFL icons such as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, Vollmer showcased his unwavering commitment and unmatched skills on the field, peaking with a Superbowl championship in 2014

His powerful presence and impressive agility made him a formidable force against opposing defenses, earning him the respect and admiration of teammates and fans alike.

Vollmer's dedication to the sport and relentless pursuit of excellence contributed to the Patriots' success, and his impact on the team's offensive line was undeniable.

Throughout his career, Vollmer exemplified the embodiment of a true leader—a respected figure both on and off the field, peaking with Super Bowl Championships in 2014 and 2016.

Björn Werner

Werner's NFL career began when he was part of a foreign exchange student, playing for his high school team, Salisbury School in Connecticut.

Despite only two years of experience in the sport, he was regarded as one of the top talents in his state, which eventually earned him a spot playing for his college team, Florida State, before a move to the NFL where he signed for the Indianapolis Colts.

Werner retired from the sport in 2017, citing injuries as his reason for hanging up his boots. He now works with young European prospects to help them into the NFL.

How can I watch the NFL Germany games in 2024?

As American football continues to gain popularity in Europe, the NFL Germany Series is gearing up for its autumn comeback, which will see games take place at Bayern Munich’s home Allianz Arena.

The home team has been confirmed as the Carolina Panthers and the match is expected to take place in October or November, with their opponents announced in the spring when the 2024 regular season schedule is officially released.

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Words by Thomas Wells and Gemma Parkes.