Frankfurt Galaxy defensive lineman Marc Anthony Hor. Photo: © Sarah Philippe
By Tim Hanswillemenke
There are a lot of great players in this league. But many athletes are still neglected despite their perseverance and determination to give their all for their team. Some athletes in my top 5 are indispensable players, some are just waiting for their chance to show their enormous potential*.
MARC ANTOINE HOR (DT, FRANKFURT GALAXY)
He was one of the most underrated players in the European Football League‘s inaugural season and continues to be overlooked as one of Europe’s best defensive linemen.
Marc Anthony Hor is a dominant force up front with his 187cm height and 130kg weight. The 2021 All-Star player previously dressed for Diablo ValleyCollege in the United States before returning to Germany.
Last year, Hor racked up 56 total tackles, twelve tackles for loss and six sacks as a defensive tackle over a span of twelve games. His teammates call him “German Aaron Donald” for a reason.
SIMON HOMADI (RB, HAMBURG SEA DEVILS)
At 21, Simon Homadi could be in the running for an extraordinary season. At 184cm and 90kg, the German running back brings plenty of skills and tools to be featured more in a supposed heavy offense.
With former Cologne Centurions head coach Kirk Heidelberg as offensive coordinator, the Sea Devils will likely rely on Homadi alongside fellow running backs Glen Toonga and Gerald Ameln to get the ball in behind a stacked offensive line.
In 2021, Homadi carried the ball only 17 times for a gain of 48 yards. Those numbers are likely about to change in his second campaign with the Sea Devils.
MARCO SCHNEIDER (WR, RAIDERS TIROL)
The Tirol Raiders are stacked at wide receiver, which makes this player even more intriguing to watch in 2022. Austrian wide receiver Marco Schneider is only 21 but already has a great resume to build on.
In 2021, the youngster caught 44 passes for 599 yards and ten touchdowns in the Austrian Football League. Now Schneider has a chance to prove himself alongside veteran receivers like Adrian Platzgummer, Phillip Haun, Yannick Mayr and Fabian Abfalter.
PATRICK POETSCH (FB, RHEIN FIRE)
One of the best full-backs in the European Football League is going to wear different colors this year. The former Cologne Centurions player has no intention of slowing down at the age of 33.
At 180cm and 124kg, Poetsch is the perfect puzzle piece for Rhein Fire head coach Jim Tomsula to open up running lanes for Jason Aguemon behind one of the league’s best offensive lines.
Last year, Poetsch showed what he was capable of behind a great offensive line with an even better running back at Madre London. Will he bring the same success to the conference rival this year?
TYRESE JOHNSON FISHER (RB, ISTANBUL RAMS)
A player already known but still underestimated: Tyrese Johnson-Fisher. The British rugby phenom and former professional rugby player has incredible speed and agility for his size.
At 178cm and 99kg, Johnson-Fisher likes to force his way through defenses but also has the rare ability to dance around defenders.
The 22-year-old is set for a breakout season alongside fellow running back Jalen Conwell.
This list wouldn’t be complete without listing another player who is set to make a difference for his franchise in 2022.
GIORGIO TAVECCHIO (K, DRAGONS OF BARCELONA)
Former NFL player Giorgio Tavecchio has already proven he can make a difference at the highest level of American football. During his four years with the Oakland Raiders (now Las Vegas Raiders), the Italian scored 21 of 26 goals and 41 of 42 extra points.
Tavecchio also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Tennessee Titans.
Last year, the former Division I kicker was signed by the Barcelona Dragons mid-season and scored six of nine goals on the field. His longest field goal was 56 yards.
Bearing in mind last season, it’s safe to say that special teams matter. With the Tavecchio, the Dragons have perhaps the best kicker in the league on their roster for the 2022 season.
*players are not ranked or rated in any way.
Read the original story in Europeanleague.football by Tim Hanswillemenke