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American Football – Professional Football Johnson: The European League is an alternative to the United States – sport

Stuttgart (AFP) – German professional footballer Jacob Johnson sees the European Football League (ELF) as an important alternative for talent who, like him, will not sooner or later make the transition to the North American Football League.

“I think the success of ELF is important because it gives perspective to talent who are not interested in or have no particular qualifications to make money in football in the United States,” said the New England Patriots player.

“It is important to have a league in Europe where boys who are studying or already have work can make money from the sport, even if it is little,” said the 27-year-old. “Otherwise there will come a time when all the time you spend on training and all the injuries you get are not worth it. When you are a father at some point you don’t have much time left to invest in sports if you no longer have anything from sports.”

The association, which begins its second season in June, competes with the German Football League (GFL), which was founded in 1979 and is part of the American Football Association Germany (AFVD). This accuses the opponent of losing players, coaches and teams through it. “I clearly see the ball on the side of the AFVD and the GFL to find a solution with ELF as things progress,” said Johnson, a partner at Stuttgart Sorge.

“ELF has shown that it simply has a more exciting product right now,” Swabian said. “I played the NFL myself. I’m a Stuttgart scorpion through and through,” said Johnson, who is hosting a youth camp in his hometown on April 10. “The clubs in Germany do a lot of youth work. But on the professional side, it’s ELF’s turn at the moment.”

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