1999 Berlin Thunder season

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1999 Berlin Thunder season
Head coach Wes Chandler
General manager Michael Lang
Home field Jahn-Sportpark
Results
Record 3–7
Division place 6th
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1999 Berlin Thunder season was the inaugural season for the franchise in the NFL Europe League (NFLEL). The team was led by head coach Wes Chandler, and played its home games at Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin, Germany. They finished the regular season in sixth place with a record of three wins and seven losses.

Although the Thunder replaced the England Monarchs for this season, the only player from the 1998 roster to return for the new team was outside linebacker Scott Fields.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1999 Berlin Thunder staff
Front office
  • General Manager – Michael Lang

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line – Bob Lord
  • Quarterbacks – Reggie Beverly
  • National Coach/Running Backs – Shuan Fatah
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Steve Carson
  • Defensive Line – Dennis Danielson
  • Defensive Backs – Derrick Burroughs


Roster[edit]

1999 Berlin Thunder roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

  • 86 Na'il Benjamin
  • 84 Mike Bowman
  • 80 Jim McElroy
  • 18 Anthony Rodgers
  •  8 Andre Rone
  • 15 Tyrone Taylor

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 77 Michael Edwards G/T
  • 64 Greg Engel G
  • 52 Jason McEndoo C
  • 63 Derrick Turner G
  • 67 Brent Warren G/C
  • 76 T. J. Washington T
  • 70 Tashe Williams T
  • 68 Jon Zatechka G

Defensive linemen

  • 75 Jimmie Bell DE
  • 92 Jomo Cousins DE
  • 93 Curtis Eason DT
  • 90 Michael Mason DE
  • 79 Tony Plantin DT
  • 91 Henry Slay DT
  • 97 Larry Townsend DT
Linebackers
  • 56 Sedric Clark OLB
  • 50 Scott Fields OLB
  • 58 Vernon Strickland MLB
  • 55 Phillip Ward OLB

Defensive backs

  • 40 Israel Byrd CB
  • 28 Fredric Ford CB
  • 22 George Harris S
  • 20 Shino Prater CB
  • 24 Roderick Thomas S
  • 30 Tre Thomas S
  • 25 Vann Washington S
  • 21 John Williams CB

Special teams

National players
  • 87 Olaf Fischer WR Germany
  • 82 Jörg Heckenbach WR Germany
  • 94 Vladimir Ilic DE Germany
  • 96 Hans Juhnke DL Germany
  •  9 Axel Kruse K Germany
  • 39 Kim Kuci RB Germany
  • 51 Gunther Renner LB
  • 23 Sebastian Tuch DB Germany


Rookies in italics

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff [n 1] Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, April 17 7:00 p.m. at Frankfurt Galaxy L 20–21 0–1 Waldstadion 30,127
2 Saturday, April 24 7:00 p.m. Scottish Claymores L 14–48 0–2 Jahn-Sportpark 9,817
3 Saturday, May 1 8:00 p.m. at Barcelona Dragons L 10–42 0–3 Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc 9,685
4 Saturday, May 8 7:00 p.m. at Amsterdam Admirals L 23–49 0–4 Amsterdam ArenA 10,210
5 Saturday, May 15 7:00 p.m. Amsterdam Admirals W 22–19 OT 1–4 Jahn-Sportpark 7,342
6 Sunday, May 23 7:00 p.m. Barcelona Dragons W 27–20 2–4 Jahn-Sportpark 8,667
7 Sunday, May 30 4:00 p.m. at Scottish Claymores W 28–10 3–4 Hampden Park 9,128
8 Saturday, June 5 7:00 p.m. Rhein Fire L 0–29 3–5 Jahn-Sportpark 10,683
9 Sunday, June 13 3:00 p.m. Frankfurt Galaxy L 19–32 3–6 Jahn-Sportpark 10,783
10 Saturday, June 19 7:00 p.m. at Rhein Fire L 10–38 3–7 Rheinstadion 31,350

[1]

Standings[edit]

NFL Europe League
Team W L T PCT PF PA Home Road STK
Barcelona Dragons 7 3 0 .700 263 246 4–1 3–2 W1
Frankfurt Galaxy 6 4 0 .600 239 223 3–2 3–2 L1
Rhein Fire 6 4 0 .600 286 149 3–2 3–2 W3
Amsterdam Admirals 4 6 0 .400 236 243 3–2 1–4 W2
Scottish Claymores 4 6 0 .400 270 298 2–3 2–3 L4
Berlin Thunder 3 7 0 .300 173 308 2–3 1–4 L3

[2]

Game summaries[edit]

Week 4: at Amsterdam Admirals[edit]

Week Four: Berlin Thunder at Amsterdam Admirals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Berlin 0 9 14 0 23
Amsterdam 14 14 14 7 49

at Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Date: Saturday, May 8
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 10,210

Week 5: vs Amsterdam Admirals[edit]

Week Five: Amsterdam Admirals at Berlin Thunder – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Amsterdam 3 3 7 6 0 19
Berlin 0 0 7 12 3 22

at Jahn-Sportpark, Berlin, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, May 15
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 7,342
  • [1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Berlin 22, Amsterdam 19". CNNSI.com. Time Warner. May 15, 1999. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Final NFL Europe Standings". CNNSI.com. Time Warner. June 20, 1999. Retrieved June 20, 2013.