As the NFL Europe season winds down with this weekend's World Bowl championship game on Saturday, players from 27 NFL teams will be on the active roster of the two teams who will battle it out for the title. Two Colts will get to participate in this year's game – defensive lineman Justin Brown and linebacker Nick Hannah. Here's a quick review of how the seven players originally designated for NFL Europe duty fared.
Defensive end Justin Brown registered a pair of sacks for the Frankfurt Galaxy in addition to his 20 tackles this season. A 2005 training camp participant who lasted until the final cuts with the Colts, Brown also forced a fumble and was credited with two passes defensed. As a member of the Galaxy, Brown will get to play in this Saturday's World Bowl.
Center/guard Mike Johnson and linebacker Nick Hannah played for the Amsterdam Admirals, who also qualified for the World Bowl. But only one of them will be on the field in the league's big finale this weekend.
Hannah logged 19 tackles and one pass defensed at linebacker, but also made his presence known on special teams, making 12 tackles, including 9 unassisted. Johnson, who was one of just two Colts allocated to a team prior to NFL Europe's open draft, is currently listed on the Admirals' injured reserve list with a knee injury and will miss this weekend's game. Earlier this year, back in April, he was hampered by a hamstring injury.
Cornerback/wide receiver Eric Hill was the first Colt chosen in the NFLE draft process, picked in the first round. The Colts converted Hill to cornerback during their 2005 mini-camps after he spent time on their practice squad in 2004 at wide receiver. Towards the end of the 2005 training camp the Colts released him, but then added him to their practice squad in early December. Hill was a starter at right cornerback for the Hamburg Sea Devils this spring. Hill made 29 tackles (23 unassisted), was credited with 5 passes defensed and one special teams tackle.
Three Colts who were originally designated for NFL Europe never played in a game this spring. Tight end Joey Hawkins, who was in the Colts training camp last summer was cut by the Cologne Centurions before the season started. Wide receiver Roscoe Crosby was the other player allocated to a team prior to the draft, and he was supposed to play for Rhein Fire. But the Colts withdrew his designation and kept him in Indianapolis instead. Safety Brandon Mueller, who was a non-roster invitee to the Colts' 2005 mini-camp, was signed in January, 2006. The free agent out of Princeton was drafted in the 19th round by the Galaxy. But in an odd development, Mueller was placed on the "Reserve/Future" list and his designation for NFL Europe was withdrawn, evidently ending his brief 2006 tenure with Indianapolis.
Former Colts Notes:
-- Former Colts defensive lineman Thomas Houchin, who was released last year after trying to make a switch to strongside linebacker, had two interceptions this season for the Cologne Centurions. He played in NFLE as a free agent.
-- Former Colts kicker David Kimball (Raiders) made all 16 extra point attempts and hit 16 of 26 field goal attempts (61.5%).
-- A pair of former Colts with reputation as speedy returners had good showings in NFLE this year. Adam Herzing (Steelers) finished third in punt returns with a 9.3 average. Robert Redd (Falcons) finished second in punt returns (9.8 average) and fourth in kickoff returns (25.1 average).
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