This story was originally posted Oct. 28, 2011. Germany native Bjoern Werner was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Defensive end, Florida State
6-foot-4, 273 pounds, sophomore
Member of the 2010 IFAF World Team that played in the International Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Call it sticker shock. Bjoern Werner didn’t really know what he was buying into when he signed to play football at Florida State.
The Lone Star State just got a little less lonely.
Six members of the U.S. Under-19 National Team’s coaching staff arrived in Austin, Texas, today, one day ahead of their 46 players from more than 20 states.
Team USA will compete against an International Federation of American Football World Team spanning four continents on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised live by CBS Sports Network from the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. The World Team won last year’s International Bowl, 35-29.
Martina Konig, a pioneer among European female football officials, died Jan. 9 following a battle with breast cancer. She was 42.
Konig was one of two women who served as officials during the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship. Her interest in football began in 1990 when she attended a game in her native Austria. She soon after started working as a member of a chain crew and went on to call more than 350 games, mostly as a head linesman or line judge.