ELF: Tirol Raiders re-sign All-ELF DE Niklas Gustav

The Tirol Raiders have re-signed one of their most important defensive players, rush end Niklas Gustav for the 2024 European League of Football season,

The 6’2″, 241 pound native of Hamburg, Germany has been a key part of the Raiders defense since joining the team in 2022. In 24 games, he has recorded 102 tackles including 30.5 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. In 2023, he had a week one to remember, recording four sacks in the opening game against the Munich Ravens.

Prior to arriving in Austria, Gustav spent the 2021 season with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League where he was the surprise of the year after being picked last in the 2021 Global Draft. He wound up becoming a core piece in the Lions‘ special teams that year notching seven tackles in 12 games.

Prior to that, he spent four seasons at Morningside University (NAIA) in Sioux City, Iowa where he became the school’s all-time sacks leader (23.5) and was voted a captain by his teammates.

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