The Frankfurt Universe have bolstered the best secondary in the German Football League in 2017 with the signing of Fernando (B.J) Lowery.
The 5’11”, 191 lb, 26 year old native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was a standout defensive back for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (NCAA Div. I, FBS). In his senior year, 2013, he was ranked second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in pass break-ups (1.46). He set an Iowa record with two interception returns for touchdowns against Western Michigan, covering 35 and 13 yards .and he was just the second Big Ten player with two interception return touchdowns in a game since 1998.
He spent the latter part of the 2017 German Football League 2 season playing for the Kirchdorf Wildcats helping them gain promotion to the top league. In six regular season games, he recorded 34 tackles and five interceptions. In the playoff game against the Saarland Hurricanes he added another seven tackles. Prior to that in 2017, Lowery played for Cedar Rapids in the Indoor Football League.
He will be reunited with current Universe defensive back John Tidwell. The pair were on the Denver Broncos preseason roster together in 2016.
The Universe asked B.J. about his relationship with John Tidwell.
Frankfurt Universe: You have been in contact with John Tidwell all the time, tell us something about your friendship
Lowery: John and I met in 2016 at the Denver Broncos in the NFL. We both spent the entire preseason there and fought for a squad place. During this time, during countless hours of video coaching, a really deep friendship has developed. Outside of the field we spent a lot of time in Denver, we have many identical interests. I am very happy that we will now be together in the field.”
Universe: What do you know about Universe or the German Football League (GFL)?
Lowery: Not so much, John has told me a lot, but I’m really happy to be here and be a part of the team.
Universe: What are your expectations for the team and yourself?
Lowery: My expectations are huge! In a nutshell: I want to continue with the “Men in Purple” the way that was interrupted in the semifinals.
Lowery joins an already potent defensive backfield which includes Jonas Reiss, Sweden’s Markus Persson and John Tidwell.
Check out Lowery’s spectacular one-handed interception that made the ESPN highlights
Lowery with a pick six against Western Michigan