Chargers Find Their Teams in Europe

The San Diego Chargers players allocated to Europe last week have found out what teams they will play for this upcoming season.

Seth Burford will join the Barcelona Dragons for NFL Europe 2003. He will compete for playing time with Chris Finlen of New Orleans and Kevin Thompson formerly of Penn State.

Burford, all-time passing leader at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, said: "I have heard a lot of good things about coach Jack Bicknell and I'm really looking forward to learning from him this season. I feel confident the NFL Europe League will really help my career, especially when you see people like Brad Johnson and Kurt Warner playing in the Super Bowl."

The season kicks off April 5th and culminates in World Bowl XI at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on June 14.

A total of 24 quarterbacks have gone on to start in the NFL after playing in the NFLEL, including Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Brad Johnson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kurt Warner (St. Louis Rams).

Scott Pospisil will play defensive end and tackle for the Amsterdam Admirals this season in NFL Europe. He joins Mike Cecere of Washington as the only defensive ends listed on their roster who belong to any NFL teams. Pospisil is now a seasoned veteran in Europe as this year will mark his third time in Europe. He will be a key member of the defensive line rotation for Amsterdam.

Zack Quaccia will be manning center for the Frankfurt Galaxy. He is the only true center to join the team. Quaccia has shown promise and will likely be the starter at center.

Luke Butkus will play for the Rhein Fire this year in NFL Europe. He joins Lemual Ligon as a member of Rhein. Butkus will comete for playing time with Keith Dustin of Dallas who ca play center and guard.

The Rhein Fire selected Lemual Ligon in the 10th round of the 2003 NFL Allocated Player Draft. He will team with fellow Chargers property Luke Butkus who is also a member of Rhein. He will comete for playing time with Proctor Milton of Buffalo, and Howard Abdual of Jacksonville among other potential defensive backs.

Commenting on the NFL player allocation for 2003, John Beake, NFL Vice-President of Football Operations, said: "Once again, we are very pleased with the support the NFL teams have shown for NFL Europe. Even though teams were only required to send three players each, many have gone far beyond that and have given us a pool of players who will provide exciting football for the fans in Europe this season.

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