ELF: Vienna Vikings Sign GFL All-Star QB Chris Helbig

The defending European League of Football champions Vienna Vikings have found their new quarterback in German Football League standout Chris Helbig. After the retirement of Jackson Erdmann, head coach Chris Calaycay and the Vikings have found another talented signal caller to lead them into the 2023 season.

The 6’4″, 214 pound, 24-year-old was the GFL’s leading passer last season for the Potsdam Royals throwing for 3,406 yards, 36 touchdowns, and completing 67% of his passes with only five interceptions. The dual-threat passer added another 344 yards and 13 scores on the ground.

Helbig commanded the Royals to the top-scoring offense in the league averaging a jaw-dropping 50.5 points and 509 yards a game. Unfortunately, Helbig was injured in the semi-final and the Royals fell just short of a perfect season losing the German Bowl to the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns.

The Thornton, Colorado native spent two seasons playing for Southern Utah University (NCAA Div. 1, FCS). In 2018 and 2019, in 15 games he threw for 3,705 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 220 yards and 11 scores. Prior to Southern Utah, Helbig spent the 2017 season with Butler Community College where he won eight of the 11 games he played in, throwing for a total of 1,661 yards, 16 touchdowns averaging 151 yards passing per game.

The dual threat passer joins a stacked Vikings roster that features an abundance of homegrown Austrian talent looking to defend their ELF title next summer.

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