|Home Field||Olympic Stadium|
|Team Colors||Black, Green, Tan, Orange, White|
|World Bowls (3)|
The Berlin Thunder were a professional American football team in NFL Europe, which was a springtime American football league serving primarily as a developmental league for the National Football League. Most of the players were young American professional players assigned by NFL teams to receive additional game experience and coaching. Coaching staffs are predominantly provided by the NFL for developmental purposes as well. In addition, "national" players, or non-American players, compete on each team. Berlin's 2006 squad included players from Germany, Finland, England, Mexico and Japan. Players and coaches had their living expenses paid for by the league while in Europe in addition to their salaries..
History[edit | edit source]
The Thunder came into existence as an expansion team, after the London/England Monarchs franchise shut down operations, prior to the 1999 season.
Two Berlin quarterbacks, Rohan Davey (2004) and Dave Ragone (2005), were named NFL Europe Offensive Most Valuable Players. Linebacker Rich Scanlon (2005) was named NFL Europe Defensive MVP. In 2006, the Thunder had three players earn All-NFL Europe honors: guard Chad Beasley and safety Anthony Floyd earned all-league honors at their respective positions and German defensive end Christian Mohr was honored as the national player on the defensive all-league team.
On April Fools Day 2006, the Thunder recorded their very first tie in franchise history. Trailing the Hamburg Sea Devils 17-0 at halftime, the Thunder erased their deficit to tie it up, going into overtime. Unfortunately, neither team could come up with a point in the extra period. This was only the second tie in the history of NFL Europe. The previous tie came in the 1992 season between the Birmingham Fire and the London Monarchs. The final score for that game was also 17-17.
Season-by-season[edit | edit source]
|Season||League||Regular season||Postseason results||Awards|
|2001||NFLE||2nd League||6||4||0||.600||Won World Bowl IX (Dragons)||—|
|2002||NFLE||2nd League||6||4||0||.600||Won World Bowl X (Fire)||Peter Vaas (Coach of the Year)|
|2004||NFLE||1st League||9||1||0||.900||Won World Bowl XII (Galaxy)||Rick Lantz (Coach of the Year)|
|2005||NFLE||1st League||7||3||0||.700||Lost World Bowl XIII (Admirals)||—|
|Total||42||47||1||.472||(1999–2007, includes only regular season)|
|3||1||0||.750||(1999–2007, includes only postseason)|
|45||48||1||.506||(1999–2007, includes both regular season and postseason)|
Head coaches[edit | edit source]
|2||Peter Vaas||2000–2003||40||19||21||0||.475||2||2||0||1.000||Coach of the Year (2002)|||
|3||Rick Lantz||2004–2006||30||18||11||1||.617||2||1||1||.500||Coach of the Year (2004)|
Notable players[edit | edit source]
- Richard Adjei - LB (2007)
- David Akers - K (1999)
- Chris Barclay - RB (2007)
- Lang Campbell - QB (2005)
- 22x20px Rohan Davey - QB (2004)
- Anthony Floyd - S (2005)
- Ben Hamilton - C (2002)
- Israel Idonije - DE (2004)
- Dave Ragone - QB (2005)
- Brian Simnjanovski - P/K (2005)
- Brian Waters - C/OG (2000)
- Phil Stambaugh - QB (2003)
- Ahmad Hawkins - CB (2002)
- Tony Pape - G (2005)
See also: Category:Berlin Thunder players
References[edit | edit source]
- "Team Colors – NFLE". SSUR.org. http://www.ssur.org/research/TeamColors/Football_Outdoor/NationalFootballLeagueEurope/NationalFootballLeagueEurope.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Peter Vaas Bio". GoUSFBulls.com. http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=37329&SPID=2981&DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=204870827&Q_SEASON=2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20.