Spain: Osos Rivas sign gold medal QB Kevin Burke

Spanish League of American Football quarterfinalists in 2019, Madrid’s Osos Rivas, have signed former Austrian Football League winning and World Championship winning quarterback Kevin Burke for the 2020 season.

Burke had signed with the Dacia Vienna Vikings in 2019 but was picked up by the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football. The AAF unfortunately folded.

Burke spent part of the 2018 season behind center for the Bern Grizzlies in the Swiss National League, guiding them to the Swiss semifinals.

The 5’11”, 190 lb quarterback led the Vikings to the 2017 Austrian Bowl title beating the Swarco Raiders45-26 in the championship game. In that game, he threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns and led all rushers with 121 yards. Burke had finished the regular season as the second-leading passer in Austria with 2,990 and 36  TDs.

He was the quarterback of the 2015 USA squad that won the IFAF World Championships in Canton, Ohio. In addition to winning the 2015 World Championship title in 2015, the 24 year old Burke took his college team – the Mount Union Purple Raiders – to three straight NCAA Division III championship games winning the crown in 2012.  Burke amassed 14,573 total yards of offense and threw for 134 touchdowns in three seasons as the Purple Raiders’starter. Burke was awarded the Gagliardi Trophy in 2014 and 2015 as the most outstanding player in Division III football.

Osos Rivas head coach Jesús Sánchez:

“Kevin Burke is the quarterback that all coaches want to have. He is a born winner who has a mix of leadership, passion for the game and experience that will be crucial in leading our team. Kevin has been captain, National Champion, MVP, and All American in his collegiate career in Mount Union.He has also been champion and MVP in the Austrian Football League, one of the top leagues in Europe, with the Dacia Vienna Vikings.”

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