ELF: Hamburg Sea Devils sign former Tirol Raiders QB D’Angelo Fulford.

The Hamburg Sea Devils have announced the signing of former Tirol Raiders and Division III All American quarterback D’Angelo Fulford for the rest of the 2024 European League of Football season.

Fulford will replace Javarian Smith who has been released. Fulford played two games for the Tirol Raiders earlier this season throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

The 6’2″, 210 pound 26 year old native of Cooper City, Florida was a three-year starter at the University of Mount Union, arguably the premier football program at the NCAA Division III level.  From 2017 to 2019, Fulford’s Purple Raiders won over 40 games while losing just two.  His most prolific season came in 2017, in which he threw for 3,096 yards with a whopping 50 touchdowns, while throwing just five interceptions.  He also proved to be effective with his legs, as he rushed for 453 yards and eight touchdowns.  That season, Mount Union went undefeated and won the Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III championship game.

In 2018, Fulford threw for 2,837 yards and 37 touchdowns with six interceptions, while also adding 488 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.  He led his team to an undefeated regular season and a championship game appearance, though the Purple Raiders lost in the final.  In his final season of 2019, Fulford set a career high in passing yards with 3,118, while also throwing for 43 touchdowns and only two interceptions.  He racked up 360 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns as well.  His team once again won their conference and finished the regular season undefeated, though they lost in the second round of the playoffs to the eventual champions.

After graduating from Mount Union, due to COVID, it took over a year for Fulford to land on a professional team.  In 2021, he signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, and later spent time with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League and the Vegas Vipers of the XFL

Head Coach Matt Johnson has a very special connection to Hamburg’s new signal caller:

“D’Angelo and I come from the same city, so I know what he can do. I’ve seen him grow up since he was seven years old. I’ve seen him play high school and college football and followed his journey through the professional leagues. What he brings with him will help our team enormously. As a passer and leader, he will bring what we need. It’s the right step for our team at this point in time.”


A current student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carter played football in high school and has been a lifelong avid football fan.