Mexico: Gallos Negros de Querétaro signs QB Clark Hazlett for 2023 season

The Gallos Negros de Querétaro of Mexico’s Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional, LFA, have signed quarterback Clark Hazlett for the 2023 season.

The 6’4″, 220-pound native of Lynden, Washington is aiming for year two of his stay in Mexico. This time he will try to lead the Gallos Negros to their first ever Tazón México after the team fell to the Fundidores de Monterrey by a score of 18-14 in Tazón México V.

Last season, the 25-year-old signal caller played in the now defunct Fútbol Americano de México, starting the first three games of the season for the Tiburones de Cancún. He didn’t play in the next two due to injury and then was traded to the Tequileros de Jalisco where he played the final three games. In the five games he played, Hazlett had a 63% completion percentage, 1,166 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns and six interceptions. He was also effective in the running game too, rushing for 161 yards on 23 attempts and a touchdown.

Before he came to Mexico, he played for Linfield University (Div. III) in McMinnville, Oregon from 2016-2019. The next year he would begin his professional career playing for the Pionniers de Touraine in Tours, France. The team started 5-0 with him behind center, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was cut short.

Hazlett then signed a contract with the Timbó Rex in Brazil and stayed there for the next four months, but the season was cancelled before it would even begin due to COVID-19. In 2021, he finally got the chance to play the full season when he got signed by the Vysocina Gladiators of the Czech League of American Football. With Hazlett serving as the team’s quarterback/offensive coordinator, the Gladiators finished the regular season with a 6-1 record and went on to win Czech Bowl XXVIII. After the win, he took his talents to Mexico where remains today.


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