Switzerland: Calanda Broncos sign Austrian league’s top QB in veteran John Uribe

The Calanda Broncos of Switzerland have signed veteran quarterback John Uribe for the 2023 season.

Uribe joins long-time Broncos coach Geoff Buffum.

Buffum was excited about the veteran signal caller joining the team:

“John checked all the boxes of what we were looking for. He’s a competitor, a leader, and a very versatile player. He has good mobility, is a great decision maker, and even though he has good arm strength he throws a very catchable ball. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

The 6′ 200-pound quarterback spent the last four seasons playing in Austria, for the Traun Steelsharks. During his career with the Steelsharks Uribe amassed 9,257 yards and 90 touchdown passes. Most recently, the 32-year-old threw for a league-best 2,834 yards and 24 touchdowns on a 61% completion percentage during the 2022 season.

After the conclusion of the season in Austria this summer, Uribe travelled east playing for the Wroclaw Panthers of the European League of Football. Replacing injured starter Slade Jarman for one game, Uribe threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns in his lone appearance.

Prior to playing Austria, the Santa BarbaraCalifornia native suited up for his hometown community college earning the conference MVP award for Santa Barbara City College. Following his community college career Uribe played one season for Lindenwood University (NCAA D2) throwing for 2,200 yards and 19 touchdowns.

After leaving Lindenwood, Uribe originally signed to play indoor football before eventually finding his way to Serbia quarterbacking the SBB Vukovi Belgrade to a SAAF championship. The following season, he headed to Hamburg throwing for 2,287 yards and 21 touchdowns as a member of the Huskies.

Uribe and the Calanda Broncos hope to get back to the Swiss Bowl where they lost the championship last season to the Bern Grizzlies.

Alex is a former NCAA and semi-pro American football player who is now located in London, where he works in digital marketing. His goal in writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and