Munich Ravens sign quarterback Chad Jeffries

The Munich Ravens, one of the newest franchises in the European League of Football, have signed veteran Chad Jeffries as the first quarterback in the team’s short history.

Jeffries has just come off a championship run having led the Danube (now Vienna) Dragons to the Austrian Football League title in 2022 after four years with the team.

While playing for the Dragons, the 6’2″, 220 pound, 29-year-old Jeffries has been one of the league’s most successful quarterbacks with a record of 27-11 and an appearance in the semifinals every season, finally winning it in 2022. Over the four seasons he has thrown for a total of 10,271 yards and 105 touchdowns while rushing for 1,465 yards and 14 touchdowns. In the 2019 semifinals, Jeffries threw for 318 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-43 loss to the eventual champions, the Swarco Raiders.

He began his European football career in 2016 in the German Football League (GFL) when he helped the Marburg Mercenaries return to respectability throwing for 3,045 yards and 28 touchdowns while rushing for another 305 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. In 2017, he was the second-leading passer in the GFL in terms of average passing yards per game with 276.8, helping the Mercenaries to an 8-6 record and a return to the GFL playoffs for the first time in three years.

Jeffries began his college career with the San Diego Aztecs in California and later moved to Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div. II). At Azusa, Jeffries threw for 3,714 yards and 25 touchdowns in his three seasons there while rushing for 352 yards.

The California native will now be joining his old rival at the Swarco Raiders and now Sporting Director for the Ravens, Sean Shelton. After years of playing against each other, Shelton decided to bring the dual-threat quarterback over and provide some stability to a fledgling team. His reliability and commendable off-field character will surely come in handy in the team’s first season.

Daniel Mackenzie is a Press Association graduate who works in journalism and communications in the third sector. Daniel began playing football for the London Warriors and Team Great Britain and has since played across Europe.