Stuttgart, Germany. “All the scouts at the NFL Pro-Day were convinced,” wrote the Stuttgarter Zeitung. “The man from Aalen kindles NFL hype,” asserts Baden-Wurtenberg’s SWR radio. For the SüdWest Presse of Ulm, he is already in the NFL. “The German Wonder-Kid” the Swabian press is so excited about is 22 year-old wide-receiver Moritz Böhringer, whom they expect to be drafted into the NFL in Chicago on April 28.
Bohinger, 2015 German Football League MVP, went to Florida this month for the pro-day try outs. His statistics with the Scwhäbish Hall Unicorns last season are impressive: 70 catches, 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns. “But it was his performance last week in Miami that confirmed NFL interest,” German sports writers commented. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.43 seconds, vertical jumped 39 inches and “grabbed even the worst thrown passes,” the local press gloated. “Excellent for a Nobody out of Germany,” writes the Stuttgarter Nachtrichten.
While Böhringer will not be the first German to enter the NFL, “as a pass-receiver he will be the first German offensive player in the NFL, and naturally, the first Swab.” writes Tübingen’s Schwäbishes Tagblatt. For the proud Swabish, a people who live in the southern German state of Baden-Wurtenberg and speak their own dialect, Moritz is above all one of their own.
The Germans are known for hard work and precision but none more than the Swabs who boast Daimler (Mercedes), Porsche, Bosch and Hugo Boss, among many more. The Swabs will tell you precision and commitment are in their DNA but Swabian sports reporters are overwhelmed by Böhringer’s NFL future.
Regional hacks all insist “nothing destined” the six-foot-four, 227 pound, Swabian for “American football.” He discovered the “Ami sport” while surfing YouTube at the age of 17 and “decided football was his sport.” Five years later, it was YouTube once again which changed Böhringr’s life. A friend uploaded a ten minute compilation of Böhringer on the field and “NFL scouts quickly took notice.”
The Brothers Grimm could not have done better. “It’s the kind of rags-to-riches story the Yanks love,” writes the Stuttgarter Nachtrichten. Böhinger’s mother, Katrin Fassmayer, told the paper that “when I think of it, it all sounds like a soap opera.”
“I didn’t expect for a moment I would last this long,” the Schwäbishe Tagblatt quoted Böhringer as saying. “It all went so quickly.” The Schwäbishe Post writes, “Moritz Bohringer is a timid man who avoids media hype.” So, the local media are hyping his story for him.
“Moritz is the most physically talented player I have ever trained,” his offensive coordinator at the Unicorns, Jordan Newmann, told the SüdWest Presse, “and that includes the imported American players I’ve trained.”
“He’s a a fast learner and can put into play right away whatever he learns,” Mortiz’s proud father, Gunther Böhringer, who was in Florida with his son, told SWR. “I don’t expect him to be coming home any time soon.”
The Tagblatt says “he has already been contacted by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Minnesota Vikings and the Greenbay Packers.” Not to be outdone, the Stuttgarter Zeitung added the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Brancos. “He is no longer a well-kept secret,” – SüdWest Presse.
“We’re not counting on him next season at the Unicorns,” Schwäbish Hall Coach, Siegfried Gehrke, told the Stuttgarter Nachrichtung. “The Americans are enthusiastic about his abilities and they love it when a ‘Nobody’ comes out big.”
The German Football League was founded in 1979 and counts 16 teams in two Divisions. Many American players who don’t make the cut come to Europe and end up “Playing for Pizza” as John Grisham once famously wrote. If the Swabian press get their way, one more American college player, passed over by the draft, will be coming to Europe next season.