Germany’s Allgäu Comets sign QB Justin Sottilare

The Allgäu Comets of the German Football League have added a third quarterback, veteran Euro quarterback Justin Sottilare.

The 27 year old joins Jordan Paul and Calvin Stitt in head coach Stan Bedwell’s three quarterback rotation that will certainly create scouting problems for opposing defensive coordinators.

The 6’3″, 200 lb Sottilare from Columbia, Maryland, was a two-year starter at Wesley College (NCAA Div. III) before signing with the Franken Knights in the German Football League in 2014 where he threw for 4,857 yards and 52 touchdowns. He then spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons leading the Senaijoki Crocodiles in Finland to back-to-back appearances in Finland’s Maple Bowl, finishing the regular season on top of the league both years. He returned to the championship final in 2017 with the Wasa Royals. He led the Finnish league in passing in 2017 throwing for 3,188 yards and 34 touchdowns and was among the passing leaders for all three years in Finland.

Sottilare originally signed with Spain’s Valencia Firebats and played a couple of games before visa issues caused a problem. Allgäu had signed Tyler Johnson but apparently he reneged on his contract.

The Comets finished the 2017 season out of the German Football League playoffs for the first time in three years with a 6-8 record. Allgäu has previously signed Marshall University’s record-breaking receiver  Tommy Shuler. along with Swedish speedster Jonatan Gihl as well as safety/kick returner Danny Wynne.

How would you describe yourself as a quarterback?

Justin Sottilare: Almost until the last year I considered a classic pocket passer, but now and after being on different teams in Europe I think I’m already a better threat running. It’s one aspect of my game that I’ve tried to work on, and I’m sure I’m still going to get much better with the passage of time.

Check out Justin’s 2017 highlights with the Wasa Royals in Finland

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Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.