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NFL Europe Opens 11th Season Saturday


This weekend, when NFL Europe officially kicks off its 11th season, seven members of the Green Bay Packers will be amongst the fray.

The Packers' contingent is spread out over three of the league's six teams.

Approaching his second NFL campaign, Craig Nall will quarterback the Scottish Claymores alongside three Packers newcomers in linebackers Isaac Keys and Jermaine Petty and safety Bobby Jackson.

The Frankfurt Galaxy boasts former UW-La Crosse standout Jeremy Unertl at safety, as well as punter Tim Morgan.

Wide receiver Travis Williams is the Packers' lone representative with the Amsterdam Admirals.

All three games this weekend are available on television to United States audiences.

Fox Sports Net will open the season with its tape-delayed telecast of the Amsterdam Admirals at the Rhein Fire, Saturday at noon CT.

DirecTV will carry the other two games, starting with the Barcelona Dragons at the Frankfurt Galaxy, Saturday at noon CT, ending with the Berlin Thunder at the Scottish Claymores, Sunday at 9 a.m. CT.

A developmental branch of the National Football League, NFL Europe will play out over a 10-week season, leading up to World Bowl XI in Glasgow, Scotland, June 14.

Pro Bowl guard Marco Rivera is an NFLE alumnus, having played for the Claymores after his rookie season of 1996.

Other current and former Packers to participate in NFLE include quarterback Doug Pederson (1995, Rhein), wide receiver Bill Schroeder (1997, Rhein) and linebacker Nate Wayne (1999, Barcelona).

Week 1 TV Information --

Saturday, April 5, Amsterdam Admirals at Rhein Fire - Noon CT (Fox Sports Net)

Saturday, April 5, Barcelona Dragons at Frankfurt Galaxy - Noon CT (DirecTV)

Sunday, April 6, Berlin Thunder at Scottish Claymores - 9 a.m. CT (DirecTV)

Packers In NFLE --

Bobby Jackson (Scottish Claymores) 6-0, 214 - Safety ... originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets in 2002 ... played collegiate football at Illinois.

Isaac Keys (Scottish Claymores) 6-3, 245 - Linebacker ... making switch after playing defensive line at Morehouse.

Tim Morgan (Frankfurt Galaxy) 6-4, 243 - Punter ... left-footed kicker originally signed by Cincinnati as a free agent in April, 2000 ... briefly a member of the Packers' practice squad in 2001 ... with Tampa Bay from February-June 2002.

Craig Nall (Scottish Claymores) 6-3, 228 - Quarterback ... selected by the Packers in the fifth-round of the 2002 draft (164th overall) ... served as the Packers' No. 3 quarterback last season, inactive for all 16 games ... in 2002 preseason completed 20 of 45 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions.

Jermaine Petty (Scottish Claymores) 6-0, 255 - Linebacker ... made switch from defensive end before his senior year at Arkansas.

Jeremy Unertl (Frankfurt Galaxy) 6-1, 210 - Safety ... also expects to see time returning punts and kickoffs ... former UW-La Crosse standout originally signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2002 ... after being waived by the Packers in July, spent training camp with Baltimore.

Travis Williams (Amsterdam Admirals) 6-3, 200 - Wide receiver ... originally signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2000 ... graduate of Naval Academy spent two years on active duty as the electronic warfare officer aboard the USS Boxer.

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