2002 Berlin Thunder season

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2002 Berlin Thunder season
Head coach Peter Vaas
General manager Michael Lang
Home field Jahn-Sportpark
Results
Record 6–4
Division place 2nd
Playoff finish World Bowl X champion

The 2002 Berlin Thunder season was the fourth season for the franchise in the NFL Europe League (NFLEL). The team was led by head coach Peter Vaas in his third year, and played its home games at Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin, Germany. They finished the regular season in second place with a record of six wins and four losses. In World Bowl X, Berlin defeated the Rhein Fire 26–20. The victory marked the franchise's second World Bowl championship.

Offseason[edit]

Free agent draft[edit]

2002 Berlin Thunder NFLEL free agent draft selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice Overall
1 6 6 Jude Waddy LB William & Mary
2 6 12 Larry Paul DE North Alabama
3 1 13 Freddie Moore T Florida A&M
4 6 24 Bryant Shaw DE Mississippi College
5 1 25 Reggie Nelson G McNeese State
6 6 36 Kenny Bryant CB Jackson State
7 1 37 Bubba Alexander LB Louisiana State

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2002 Berlin Thunder staff
Front office
  • General Manager – Michael Lang

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line – Bob Bicknell
  • National Coach/Running Backs/Special Teams – Shuan Fatah
  • Wide Receivers – Bobby Beers
Defensive coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Ryan George

Roster[edit]

2002 Berlin Thunder roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  • 23 Walter James
  •  2 Mukala Sikyala
  • 26 Jerry Westbrooks
  • 33 Anthony White

Wide receivers

Tight ends

  • 83 Jeff Kostrewa
  • 82 Ivan Mercer
Offensive linemen
  • 72 Darnell Alford T
  • 77 Derrick Chambers G
  • 50 Ben Hamilton C
  • 78 Jerry Jackson T
  • 74 Jeff Miller T
  • 70 Freddie Moore T
  • 74 Reggie Nelson G
  • 51 Jason Padget C
  • 76 Josh Warner G

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

  • 12 Danny Boyd K
  • 14 Brian Morton P
National players
  • 28 Foad Ajdir CB France
  • 20 Lelan Brickus S Germany
  • 80 Marico Gregersen WR Germany
  • 84 Jörg Heckenbach WR Germany
  • 35 Patrice Kancel RB France
  •  9 Axel Kruse K Germany
  • 36 Kim Kuci RB Germany
  • 44 Toko Pfeifenberger LB Germany


Rookies in italics

Standings[edit]

NFL Europe League
Team W L T PCT PF PA Home Road STK
Rhein Fire 7 3 0 .700 166 156 4–1 3–2 L1
Berlin Thunder 6 4 0 .600 231 188 3–2 3–2 W3
Frankfurt Galaxy 6 4 0 .600 189 174 3–2 3–2 L2
Scottish Claymores 5 5 0 .500 197 172 3–2 2–3 W1
Amsterdam Admirals 4 6 0 .400 218 202 2–3 2–3 W2
FC Barcelona Dragons 2 8 0 .200 202 311 1–4 1–4 L3

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Game summaries[edit]

World Bowl X[edit]

Main article: World Bowl X
World Bowl X: Berlin Thunder vs Rhein Fire – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Berlin 13 7 3 3 26
Rhein 0 0 7 13 20

at Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL Europe League Free Agent Draft 2002". NFL Europe League. February 12, 2002. Archived from the original on August 17, 2002. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2002 NFLE Standings". The Football Database. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011.