The Hildesheim Invaders have added to their already potent arsenal with the signing of French wide receiver Anthony Dablé-Wolf.
Dablé -Wolf had returned to play in Europe this past season with Germany’s Braunschweig New Yorker Lions after a two-year NFL journey which took him to the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. He suffered an achilles tendon injury after only one game which ended his season, but is now fully healthy.
Hildesheim head coach Matt LeFever:
“We are very happy to have Anthony on board. That a player of this caliber is available does not happen often.”
One of the premier wide receivers in Europe, he was signed by the New York Giants in early 2016 and gained worldwide media attention.
Dablé-Wolf rejoins former championship-winning Braunschweig New Yorker Lions teammates QB Casey Therriault and WR Nate Morris.
He was the first European to sign with an NFL team without previous NFL or college experience. He signed with the Giants after a tryout that was arranged by ex-Giant Osi Umenyiora, who was working for the NFL in London as an ambassador.
He was followed by Germany’s Mauritz Bohringer shortly after.who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.
After lasting with the Giants through preseason, he was released and did not get signed to the practice squad.
Following a tryout with the New England Patriots, Dablé signed a futures contract with the Atlanta Falcons in early 2017 and also last through training camp and the preseason. He was released despite a much better performance than the year previous with the Giants.
In late 2015, the 6’5″, 215 lb, 29-year-old Dablé was coming off a superb season winning his second straight German Bowl with the Lions and the Eurobowl while also helping France to a fourth place finish in the IFAF World Championships.
In his three years with the Lions, 2013-2015, he caught 145 passes for almost 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns.