European League of Football: Vienna Vikings sign 6’6″ receiver Florian Bierbaumer

The Vienna Vikings of the European League of Football have signed receiver Florian Bierbaumer.

The homegrown talent joins the Vikings after playing for the Graz Giants last season, his goals are to chase an ELF title in his home country:

“I think the expectation of the team is of course to win the title in our own country! Personally, my development is also very important and that I get the most out of the time in the European League of Football and with the Vikings!”

The 6’6,” 240-pound receiver was an impact player for the Graz Giants last season in the Austrian Football League. The big-bodied pass catcher caught 37 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns last season. The 23-year old hopes to impress NFL International pathway player program scouts watching the ELF, as he is eager to follow in the footsteps of Austrian tight end Bernard Seikovits, now with the Arizona Cardinals. His new head coach Chris Calaycay, who also coached Seikovits, thinks Bierbaumer could be the next NFL prospect out of Vienna:

“Florian Bierbaumer is a defensive coordinator’s nightmare. Not only that he has incredible size and body control, but his hands are huge. With Florian we add a national team level player who has a 6‘6 NFL type of body and aversatile skill set. Our opponents’ defenses will have problems on how to defend this guy. He’s going to make people better around him and I am happy that we have another former Graz Giant representing the Vienna franchise in the European League of Football. I can’t wait for Florian to showcase his abilities on this big European stage, and I wouldn’t be surprised if scouts or experts start to consider him as a future IPPP prospect.”

Bierbaumer will join former Graz teammate Thomas Schnurrer in Vienna, as the Vikings have been able to lure some of Austria’s top talent to the capital city. Expect new quarterback Jackson Erdmann to target the Bierbaumer in the red zone, especially now as American receiver Diondre Overton has chosen to pursue the USFL instead of joining the ELF.

Watch Bierbaumer’s 2021 highlights

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