USFL: Pittsburgh Maulers sign European League of Football MVP RB Madre London

The Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League (USFL) have picked up a new running back after releasing former Michigan ball carrier Deveon Smith. The steel city’s new running back is coming off of a phenomenal season abroad as the inaugural MVP of the European League of Football. London on his joining the Maulers:

“Although I am sad that I will not be returning to the ELF this season, I am excited to continue my professional career in the USFL. This decision will allow me to continue in my pursuit to chase my childhood dream of playing in the NFL.”

The 6’1″, 220-pound running back put up video game-like numbers last year in Europe rushing for 2,177 yards and 24 total touchdowns in only 11 games, helping the Cologne Centurions reach the post-season. London was the league’s most productive ball carrier, running for 1,120 more yards than the next closest rusher. The 25-year-old had multiple games with over 300 yards rushing, earning the league’s “MVP of the week” award three times throughout the season. The league MVP finished the season averaging 217.7 yards a game and jaw-dropping 7.2 yards per carry. The statistically dominant season earned the Centurions star a spot on ELF’s All-Star team and AFI’s All-Europe team.

Before making the move overseas, London played college football at two prestigious programs suiting up for both the Michigan State Spartans (NCAA D1 BIG TEN) and the Tennessee Volunteers (NCAA D1 SEC). Over the course of his collegiate career, London amassed 1,130 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing, while adding 105 yards and one touchdown receiving. After his NCAA playing days, the Little Rock, Arkansas native played professionally in The Spring League and FanControlledFootball League before arriving in Cologne.

London had originally re-signed to the Centurions for the 2022 season, but now he joins a growing list of players that join the USFL after a year in the European League of Football. Linebacker Dale Warren, defensive end Kolin Hill, safety Dartez Jacobs, and receivers Diondre Overton and Kavontae Turpin all were signed with the ELF before being picked up by the USFL.  The Cologne Centurions now look to find another running back as they are forced to replace the league’s marquee player. London also thanked Centurions fans for his amazing 2021 experience:

“To the incredible and loyal Centurions fans, thanks for all your love and support. You guys showed up every game supported us and made me feel at home.”

Read more about Madre London’s football journey here. 

Watch London’s 2021 ELF MVP highlights here: 

Alex is a former professional American football player who is now studying in London. His goal writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and players and sharing different football