Fitzgerald to play pro football in EuropeFormer Tuscola star signs with Tollense Sharks of the EFAF
LONG ISLAND — Patrick Fitzgerald made is mark as an outstanding three year starter for the Tuscola High School varsity football team. As a prepster, he was one of the state’s top 44 players, being named to the Tar Heel squad for the 2005 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the West team in the 2006 NCCA East-West All-Star Game.
After Tuscola, he signed with Western Carolina, then transferred to Mars Hill after two-years away from the game.
But in 2011, he transferred once again to Division II C.W. Post, where he finished his collegiate career as a starting tight end.
Fitzgerald’s playing career will continue as he signed to play professionally in Europe on Tuesday with the Tollense Sharks (Neubrandenburg, Germany) of the European Federation American Football League.
“I definitely maintained a vision of playing after college,” said Fitzgerald, who graduates May 10 and then flies to Germany on May 13. “Despite several rough patches since leaving Tuscola, the folks back in Haywood County never stopped supporting me and I’m so thankful for that. I just want to let them know I am grateful for their support because I wouldn’t be where I am at today.
“They helped me to stay on the right path and never give up on my dreams. I hope some day I can return the favor by helping young people fufill their dreams or to help someone get back on track.”