Poland: Krakow Kings sign former Polish League MVP QB Jake Schimenz

The Krakow Kings of the Polish Football League have signed their new quarterback for 2022 in former league MVP Jake Schimenz.

Schimenz is no stranger to Poland after leading the Bydgoszcz Archers to their first title last season and he has high hopes for building a program in Krakow:

“I am so excited to join the Kings organization. They are a great football organization, but more importantly a family. I am so thankful for another opportunity to play the game I love with some amazing coaches, players, and management. Go Kings!”

The 5’10″, 180-pound dual-threat passer makes his way back to Poland after team after leading the Bydgoszcz Archers to a perfect 10-0 championship season last season. Schimenz put up a league-leading 25 total touchdowns showing the ability to score on the ground and through the air. Following the season in Poland, Schimenz joined the Allgäu Comets of the German Football League for their final five games, helping them reach the post-season. Schimenz threw for 623 yards and seven touchdowns while adding three more scores on the ground.

The Brown DeerWisconsin native arrives in southern Germany after three seasons with three different international teams. Schimenz’s 2021 Polish League season was preceded by two other decorated seasons with the Recife Mariners and Limeira Mariners of Brazil. Overall, in his two seasons in Brazil, Schimenz won two MVP awards and put up 84 total touchdowns.

Schimenz is a former baseball player at Sterling College in Kansas, who was pushed to return to football after playing intramurals with classmates. As a high school quarterback in Wisconsin, he totaled 12 touchdowns his junior year before injuries steered him towards focusing on baseball.

The Kings look to build off of last year’s playoff appearance and become contenders in the Polish Football League. The Kings have added linebacker Matt Barrett (NCAA D3), defensive back Mateusz Dzioban, along with bringing back offensive lineman Wojciech Klonowski. Expect veteran coach Malik Jackson to build a roster of players eager to compete next season.

Read more about Schimenz’s 2021 Polish championship season here

Watch Schimenz 2021 highlights here:

Alex is a former NCAA and semi-pro American football player who is now located in London, where he works in digital marketing. His goal in writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and