Fitzgerald to return to SharksFormer Tuscola standout had solid rookie season for German pro football team
Patrick Fitzgerald, a former Tuscola High and Division II C.W. Post University standout, will return to play professional football this this spring.
Fitzgerald will return to Neubrandenburg, Germany for his second season as a quarterback/running back for the Tollense Sharks, which is a member of the European Federation of American Football/German Football League’s East Division.
As a rookie in the GFL2, which runs from May through September, Fitzgerald led the Sharks to the East Division title and a 9-1 record.
“My first year of professional football was great, from the point of on and off the field,” said Fitzgerald, who resides in Seaford, New York in the off season. “To live in another country, to visit and learn all the history of the towns and communities in Germany, is absolutely an amazing experience. Then to top it off, I get to play professional football.”
In 10 games as a offensive starter for the Sharks, Fitzgerald amassed 1,219 yards in total offense. the 6-foot-2, 236-pound multi-back rushed for 857 yards on 61 carries and 11 touchdowns. He also passed (18-for-24) for 362 yards with five TD strikes
“First, all the play calling was in English,” said Fitzgerald. “Personally, I had the best season I had since high school. The personal stats were nice, but what made it so much better was winning the East Division. The league is moving to pick up more teams and players. It wants to become more competitive in the coming years and I want to be apart of the league’s growth.
“I must say it’s difficult to adjust to living in a foreign country. There are different customs, different lifestyles that Americans are not use to and there’s a different attitude in Germany. I am not saying its a bad thing. It’s just different and an American living in their country must adapt to their ways.”
Fitzgerald was named in his first season as one of the captains.
“There’s a simplicity of life,” he said. The town I live in during the season, Neubrandenburg, is about 60,000 people and its reminds me ofWaynesville. I would love to come back to Haywood County in the futrue and give something back like conducting a youth football camp. I always consider it home.”
Local individuals and businesses can sponsor our hometown product while he plays professional football overseas for the Tollense Sharks. For further information, call Fitzgerald at 646-326-7988 or email him at email@example.com.