2003 Rhein Fire season

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2003 Rhein Fire season
Head coach Pete Kuharchek
General manager Alexander Leibkind
Home field Arena AufSchalke
Results
Record 6–4
Division place 2nd
Playoff finish Lost World Bowl XI
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2002 2004

The 2003 Rhein Fire season was the ninth season for the franchise in the NFL Europe League (NFLEL). The team was led by head coach Pete Kuharchek in his third year, and played its home games at Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. They finished the regular season in second place with a record of six wins and four losses. In World Bowl XI, Rhein lost to the Frankfurt Galaxy 35–16.

Offseason[edit]

Free agent draft[edit]

2003 Rhein Fire NFLEL free agent draft selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice
1 5 Derrick Ham DE Miami
2 11 Dwayne Ledford G East Carolina
3 14 Gillis Wilson DE Southern
4 23 Shad Criss CB Missouri
5 26 Lew Thomas RB Vanderbilt
6 35 Andre Arnold LB Grambling State
7 38 Todd DeLamielleure LB Hofstra
8 47 Jonathan Burrough TE New Mexico
9 50 Kwazi Leverette WR Syracuse
10 59 Greg Brown S Texas
11 62 Corey Callens DE Oklahoma
12 71 Jamel Smith LB Virginia Tech
13 74 Jeff McCurley C Pittsburgh
14 83 Ataveus Cash WR Hampton
15 86 Lawrence Story WR Jackson State
16 95 Frank Moreau RB Louisville
17 98 Kendall Newson WR Middle Tennessee
18 107 Shane O’Neill S Southern Methodist
19 110 Mike Watkins QB Louisville
20 118 Bob Dzvonick DT Buffalo

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2003 Rhein Fire staff
Front office
  • General Manager – Alexander Leibkind

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Line/Special Teams – Ed O'Neil
  • National Coach/Linebackers – Jörn Maier
  • Defensive Backs – Adrian White

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Brian Ferguson

Roster[edit]

2003 Rhein Fire roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

  • 91 Andre Arnold DE
  • 92 Corey Callens DE
  • 71 Derrick Ham DE
  • 98 Brad Harris DT
  • 95 Josh McKibben DT
  • 96 Jesse Warren DE
Linebackers
  • 51 Charles Burton OLB
  • 56 Terrance Dukes MLB
  • 52 Jason Johnson MLB
  • 58 Dane Krager OLB
  • 53 Courtney Ledyard MLB
  • 57 Jamel Smith OLB

Defensive backs

  • 25 Adesola Badon CB
  • 24 Greg Brown S
  • 30 Teddy Gaines CB
  • 41 Abdual Howard S
  • 20 Lemual Ligon S
  • 37 Tony Lukins CB
  • 39 Tierre Sams CB

Special teams

National players
  •  8 Ingo Anderbrügge K Germany
  • 74 Peter Heyer G Germany
  • 72 Bastian Lano DT Germany
  •  9 Christopher Liess WR Germany
  • 21 Oyeniran Olalere Odunayo Ojo RB Nigeria
  • 99 Dan Petersson DT Sweden
  • 60 Patrick Venzke T Germany
  • 35 Richard Yancy S Germany


Rookies in italics

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Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff [n 1] Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, April 5 7:00 p.m. Amsterdam Admirals L 15–17 0–1 Arena AufSchalke 28,206
2 Sunday, April 13 4:00 p.m. at Berlin Thunder W 21–10 1–1 Olympic Stadium 16,312
3 Saturday, April 19 7:00 p.m. Scottish Claymores W 34–17 2–1 Arena AufSchalke 43,985
4 Saturday, April 26 5:00 p.m. at Barcelona Dragons L 3–11 2–2 Mini Estadi 6,182
5 Saturday, May 3 7:00 p.m. Frankfurt Galaxy W 14–7 3–2 Arena AufSchalke 42,324
6 Saturday, May 10 7:00 p.m. at Amsterdam Admirals W 34–27 4–2 Amsterdam ArenA 11,672
7 Sunday, May 18 3:00 p.m. at Scottish Claymores L 0–33 4–3 Hampden Park 8,279
8 Sunday, May 25 4:00 p.m. Berlin Thunder W 28–21 5–3 Arena AufSchalke 27,895
9 Sunday, June 1 4:00 p.m. at Frankfurt Galaxy L 7–38 5–4 Waldstadion 25,539
10 Saturday, June 7 7:00 p.m. Barcelona Dragons W 33–7 6–4 Arena AufSchalke 28,678

Standings[edit]

NFL Europe League
Team W L T PCT PF PA Home Road STK
Frankfurt Galaxy 6 4 0 .600 252 182 4–1 2–3 L1
Rhein Fire 6 4 0 .600 189 188 4–1 2–3 W1
Scottish Claymores 6 4 0 .600 303 190 3–2 3–2 W4
FC Barcelona Dragons 5 5 0 .500 150 221 2–3 3–2 L3
Amsterdam Admirals 4 6 0 .400 230 273 2–3 2–3 L1
Berlin Thunder 3 7 0 .300 248 318 2–3 1–4 W1

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Game summaries[edit]

World Bowl XI[edit]

Main article: World Bowl XI
World Bowl XI: Rhein Fire vs Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 3 6 0 7 16
Frankfurt 11 14 7 3 35

at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All times local to where the game was played.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Issa boogies to Barcelona in NFLEL free agent draft". NFL Europe League. February 5, 2003. Archived from the original on February 19, 2003. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2003 Rhein Fire roster". SI.com. June 13, 2003. Archived from the original on August 4, 2003. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "NFL Europe standings". SI.com. June 8, 2003. Archived from the original on August 4, 2003. Retrieved October 6, 2012.