ELF: Helvetic Mercenaries sign former Pace University & Barcelona Dragons QB Carlton Aiken Jr

The Helvetic Mercenaries have announced that former Pace University (NCAA DII) and Barcelona Dragons quarterback Carlton Aiken Jr. has signed for the 2024 European League of Football season.

During his three seasons at Pace, Aiken racked up records and honors, being named MVP of the NE10 conference as well as making the All-Conference team twice. He left university having thrown for 5,175 yards and 51 touchdowns as well as rushing for 1,822 yards and 20 scores over his 29-game tenure.

After a successful collegiate career in New York which saw Aiken break his university’s all-time passing and scoring records, the 6’2”, 220 pound dual-threat was a legitimate NFL prospect, declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, Aiken went undrafted and unsigned before making the decision to take his talents to Europe.

Aiken then took to the pros, joining the Silesia Rebels in Poland in 2023, taking the Polish Football League by storm. He took the Rebels on an undefeated streak, only falling at the final hurdle in the championship game, where the Lowlanders edged Silesia to win the Polish Bowl.

The New-Jersey native finished his short career in Poland with an impressive 28 total touchdowns without turning the ball over once, with a record of 4-1. He threw for 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 700+ yards and 11 scores.

Aikens was picked up by the Barcelona Dragons as a short-term replacement for their quarterback, Conor Miller who was injured during the 2023 European League of Football season.

In his two ELF starts, he completed 25 passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, tallying up another 162 yards and one score on the ground.

A current student at Bournemouth University as well as a quarterback with eight years of playing experience. Brad's goal is to be a part of the growth of the game around the world through journalism and media.