Bears Abroad

The NFL Europe regular season came to a dramatic end over the weekend. The defending champion Berlin Thunder defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy 24-7 to win their third straight game to advance to the World Bowl. Berlin will face Rhein Fire in the World Bowl, which is June 22.

The contest will have a Chicago flavor. Two of Berlin's top receivers are property of the Bears. Kenny Christian and Ramondo North were allocated to the Thunder.

Although, neither wideout were the number one option for Berlin both had productive seasons in Europe. In a ten game campaign Christian tallied 32 receptions for 390 yards and four touchdowns.

North pulled double duty as a receiver and return man. He started slow in the first half of the season, but was part of Berlin's strong finish as he compiled 23 catches for 261 yards and one score. North also saw valuable time as a kickoff specialist. He averaged 17.9 yards per return and had a long of 65 yards.

Despite Chicago's depth at receiver with Marty Booker, Marcus Robinson and David Terrell competition for the fourth and fifty receiver spots are not guaranteed. Although, Ahmad Merritt didn't make the team out of camp last season he used his time in Europe to gain confidence and experience. Christian and North could face a similar journey in 2002.

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