Germany: Championship QB Casey Therriault returns to the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions

The Braunschweig New Yorker Lions have solved their quarterback problems in spectacular fashion with the signing of Casey Therriault, the architect of four German Football League titles for the Lions.

The 32-year-old Therriault (Jackson State, NCAA Div. I, FCS) will replace Jakob Parks who has been struck with a viral infection making him unable to continue playing.

After spending five outstanding seasons with Braunschweig (2013-2017) which saw him lead the Lions to four German Bowl victories and one Eurobowl title winning the German Bowl MVP award three times and Eurobowl once, Therriault announced his retirement in late 2017 The native of Grand Rapids, Michigan threw for 14,408 yards passing and 168 touchdown passes during his five seasons while rushing for 1,686 yards and 27 touchdowns.

He suffered only one setback with the Lions after he and the Lions, were edged 14-13 in German Bowl XXXIX by the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns.

However, he did not stay retired for too long, returning in 2019 to play for the Hildesheim Invaders. He threw for 3,252 yards and 34 touchdowns with the Invaders, good for fourth among all GFL quarterbacks, and guided Hildesheim to the playoffs for the first time in their history. Hildesheim reached the GFL quarterfinals where they were eliminated by the Frankfurt Universe.

He had signed to play for the Cologne Crocodiles in 2020 before the German Football League season was cancelled due to the pandemic.

In Therriault’s two seasons as a starter at Jackson State, the 6’3″, 205 pound quarterback threw for 7,227 yards and 58 touchdowns while rushing for 271 yards and another 19 touchdowns. He led the Tigers to 8-3 and 9-2 seasons in 2010 and 2011.

Needless to say, Therriault is looking forward to getting back on the field in Braunschweig:

“I’m very excited to return to football – especially to the Lions. They have always been a huge part of my career and gave me my first opportunity in Europe which I’ll always be thankful for. Playing for Coach Tomlin and with the Lions always feels a little like coming back home. I’m hoping to join the team even though it’s late in the season, do what I do best and win another championship.”

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