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The 1997 Rhein Fire season was the third season for the team in the World League of American Football.


1997 Rhein Fire season
Head Coach Galen Hall
General Manager Alexander Leibkind
Home Field Rheinstadion
Results
Record 7–3
Place 1st
Playoff Finish L World Bowl '97
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1996 1998

OffseasonEdit

World League DraftEdit

1997 Rhein Fire World League Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice
1 1 Israel Stanley DE Arizona State
2 7 Artis Houston CB California
3 18 Thomas Bailey WR Auburn
4 19 Scotty Lewis DE Baylor
5 30 David Merritt LB North Carolina State
6 31 John Anderson S Oklahoma
7 42 David Rhodes WR Central Florida
8 43 Pete Shufelt LB UTEP
9 54 Anthony Daigle RB Fresno State
10 55 Sean Foster WR Long Beach State
11 66 Chris Shelling CB Auburn
12 67 Ricky Powers RB Michigan
13 78 Kelly Wiltshire CB James Madison
14 79 Earl Mackey LB Southern
15 90 Mark Brook LB Wyoming
16 91 Don Robinson CB Kentucky
17 102 Will Brown LB Alabama
18 103 Kyle Richardson P Arkansas State
19 114 Chris Thomas WR Cal Poly
20 115 Jay Barry RB Washington

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 {{{team}}} staff
Front office
  • General Manager – Alexander Leibkind

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Pete Kuharchek
  • National Coach/Defensive Line – Walter Rohlfing
  • Defensive Backs/Special Teams – Steve Carson



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RosterEdit

1997 Rhein Fire roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

  • 18 Thomas Bailey
  • 80 Michael Dritlein
  •  5 Sean Foster
  • 81 David Rhodes
  • 84 Bill Schroeder

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

  • 19 John Anderson S
  • 22 Lee Cole CB
  • 40 Matt Gay S
  • 33 Artis Houston CB
  • 29 Michael Swift CB

Special Teams

National Players


Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, April 12 7:00 p.m. CET Barcelona Dragons L 12–27 0–1 Rheinstadion 17,150
2 Sunday, April 20 3:00 p.m. CET London Monarchs W 28–6 1–1 Rheinstadion 14,876
3 Sunday, April 27 3:00 p.m. BST at Scottish Claymores W 23–10 2–1 Murrayfield Stadium 11,166
4 Saturday, May 3 7:00 p.m. CET at Amsterdam Admirals L 20–23 2–2 Amsterdam ArenA 10,698
5 Saturday, May 10 7:00 p.m. CET Frankfurt Galaxy W 10–7 3–2 Rheinstadion 32,140
6 Saturday, May 17 7:00 p.m. CET at Frankfurt Galaxy W 21–20 4–2 Waldstadion 39,182
7 Sunday, May 25 3:00 p.m. CET Scottish Claymores L 20–23 4–3 Rheinstadion 20,498
8 Saturday, May 31 7:30 p.m. CET at Barcelona Dragons W 38–23 5–3 Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc 13,670
9 Saturday, June 7 7:00 p.m. CET Amsterdam Admirals W 24–0 6–3 Rheinstadion 23,697
10 Sunday, June 15 3:00 p.m. BST at London Monarchs W 10–7 7–3 Stamford Bridge 10,462
World Bowl '97
11 Sunday, June 22 7:00 p.m. CET Barcelona Dragons L 24–38 7–4 Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc 31,100

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StandingsEdit

World League
Team W L T PCT PF PA Home Road STK
Rhein Fire 7 3 0 .700 206 146 3–2 4–1 W3
Barcelona Dragons 5 5 0 .500 236 209 2–3 3–2 W1
Scottish Claymores 5 5 0 .500 134 154 2–3 3–2 L2
Amsterdam Admirals 5 5 0 .500 156 160 4–1 1–4 W1
Frankfurt Galaxy 4 6 0 .400 147 142 3–2 1–4 L1
London Monarchs 4 6 0 .400 116 184 2–3 2–3 L1

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Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs Barcelona DragonsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Barcelona

0

Rhein

0

at Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany

Week 2: vs London MonarchsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
London

0

Rhein

0

at Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany

Week 3: at Scottish ClaymoresEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein

0

Scotland

0

at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland

Week 4: at Amsterdam AdmiralsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein

0

Amsterdam

0

at Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Week 5: vs Frankfurt GalaxyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Frankfurt

0

Rhein

0

at Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany

Week 6: at Frankfurt GalaxyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein

0

Frankfurt

0

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

Week 7: vs Scottish ClaymoresEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scotland

0

Rhein

0

at Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany

Week 8: at Barcelona DragonsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein

0

Barcelona

0

at Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

Week 9: vs Amsterdam AdmiralsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Amsterdam

0

Rhein

0

at Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany

Week 10: at London MonarchsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 0 3 7 0

10

London 0 7 0 0

7

at Stamford Bridge, London, England

  • Date: Sunday, June 15, 1997
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. BST
  • Referee: Phil Luckett

World Bowl '97Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 3 14 0 7

24

Barcelona 14 14 7 3

38

at Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

  • Date: Sunday, June 22, 1997
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CET
  • Game attendance: 31,100

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "1997 World League Draft". WorldLeague.com. http://web.archive.org/web/19980209003930/www.worldleague.com/general/facts/00035926.html. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
  2. 1997 Rhein Fire Media Guide.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "1997 Season in Review". The Official 1998 NFL Europe League Fact Book. pp. 218–222.

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