Americans King & Springfield Jr. Return to Brazil’s Tubarões do Cerrado

Tubarões do Cerrado confirmed the return of Kerry King and James Springfield Jr. for the 2015 season of the Torneio Touchdown.

2014’s featured Americans helped lead the the team from Brasília to second place in their division and seventh overall. The imports’ arrival ensures more quality in strong cast of the ‘TdC’.

For Rafael Nakamura, President of the club, Springfield Jr. and King are fundamental to the team’s goals in 2015.

“Much more than two excellent athletes, Kerry and James were two major additions also outside the field. The innate commitment of the two players has infected the whole team and the organization as a whole has grown since their arrival.”

King was the featured player in two of the four Tubarões wins in season 2014. In addition to excellent athlete, it was pointed out by the entire coaching staff as a born leader on and off the field.

Pedro Ramos, defensive coordinator of the team, emphasizes the importance of Springfield Jr. to the team.

“James is a very technical and experienced player, it sure will help us a lot in contention for the title.”

As and offensive leader, King helped the Brasília team end to last year’s regular season with the seventh highest scoring total in all of the Torneio Touchdown (TTD), with 190 points made.

Felipe Vargas, OL, believes King’s signing reinforces the team’s potential for the season 2015.

“King’s coming is central to the goals of the Tubarões. He is player that is technical, athletic and cold. With new weapons overall this year and a consistent running game, we will punish those who come before us.”

Felipe Marques, DL, commented on the arrival of James.

“Besides adding a lot as a player, the athlete has to continue helping to improve individual and collective characteristics of DL, sweating all his experience abroad. Thus, James will be a key player for the group.”

With the quota of two American players per team, Tubarões do Cerrado was reinforced by another player with experience in college football in the United States and who has Brazilian citizenship. Anthony Glenn, 32, is LB and who was part of the Georgia Bulldogs, a team in the NCAA’s Division 1A.

Henrique Riffel
Journalist at Futebol Americano Brasil and American Football International. Post graduated in Digital Journalism at Famecos/PUCRS. Former multimedia producer of Locast Project MIT/USA. Former player of Porto Alegre Pumpkins.
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