The Dacia Vienna Vikings have brought back the quarterback who led them to the 2017 title, Kevin Burke.
Burke spent part of the 2018 season behind center for the Bern Grizzlies in the Swiss National League, guiding them to the Swiss semifinals.
The 5’11”, 190 lb quarterback led the Vikings to the 2017 Austrian Bowl title beating the Swarco Raiders45-26 in the championship game. In that game, he threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns and led all rushers with 121 yards. Burke had finished the regular season as the second leading passer in Austria with 2,990 and 36 TDs.
He was quarterback of the 2015 USA squad that won the IFAF World Championships in Canton, Ohio. In addition to winning the 2015 World Championship title in 2015, the 24 year old Burke took his college team – the Mount Union Purple Raiders – to three straight NCAA Division III championship games winning the crown in 2012. Burke amassed 14,573 total yards of offense and threw for 134 touchdowns in three seasons as the Purple Raiders’starter. Burke was awarded the Gagliardi Trophy in 2014 and 2015 as the most outstanding player in Division III football.
Kevin was philosophical when asked about how much longer he will play:
“When it comes to playing football internationally, a lot of people ask me “why?” or “how long?”. My answer is the same every time: because I can, and for as long as I want to.I love the sport of football and the chess match that naturally comes with trying to win each game; the fact that I get to travel the world and in addition to playing is a huge bonus. My plans for 2019 are this: see as many countries as possible and win as many games as possible.”