Hamburg Sea Devils

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Hamburg Sea Devils
Hamburg Sea Devils logo
Year founded2005
Year retired2007
Home field2005-2007 Volksparkstadion
CityHamburg, Germany
Team colorsDark Blue, Teal, White, Red

The Hamburg Sea Devils were an American football team that played in NFL Europe from 2005 to 2007. They played their home games at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion (also home to the German association football team Hamburger SV). They played their first game on 2 April 2005 losing 24–23 to the Cologne Centurions (who were the newest NFL Europe franchise before the Sea Devils). The Sea Devils' first win came in Week 3 of the 2005 season, with a 31–24 home victory over the then-struggling Rhein Fire.

Their first head coach was Jack Bicknell, previously head coach of the defunct Barcelona Dragons and Scottish Claymores. The Sea Devils had directly replaced the Claymores after the 2004 season.

On 1 April 2006, the Sea Devils recorded their first tie in franchise history. At home, they scored 17 points in the second quarter, against the Berlin Thunder. They had blown their 17-point lead before regulation ended. When no one scored in overtime, the game ended in a draw. This was only the second tie in the NFL Europa history. The previous tie came in the 1992 season between the Rhein Fire and the London Monarchs. The final score for that game was also 17–17.

On 29 March 2007, Bicknell resigned, citing health issues as the reason. He was replaced by offensive coordinator Vince Martino.

On 23 June 2007, the Sea Devils won their first World Bowl championship with a 37–28 victory over the defending champion Frankfurt Galaxy. It was also their last, as NFL Europa disbanded almost immediately following the game. As a result, the Sea Devils are the last team to win a WLAF/NFL Europe/NFL Europa game ever.

The Sea Devils were brought to American media attention again on 14 July 2007, when 2006 team member Mike Jemison was arrested in Pennsylvania for robbery. Previously, Thomas Herrion, an offensive tackle allocated to the team by the San Francisco 49ers, died after a preseason game against the Denver Broncos in August 2005. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes also played for the Sea Devils. Coach and former cornerback Nate Jacks from Atlanta, Georgia also played for the Sea Devils.

An unrelated team of the same name is to play in the inaugural 2021 season of the new European League of Football.


NFL Europe[edit]

Season League Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2005 NFLE 5 5 0 .500 4th (League)
2006 NFLE 3 6 1 .350 5th (League)
2007 NFLE 7 3 0 .700 1st (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl XV champions
Total 15 14 1 .517 1 0 1.000

Head coaches[edit]

# Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements
GC Won Lost Ties Win % GC Won Lost Win %
1 Jack Bicknell 20052006 20 8 11 1 .425
2 Vince Martino 2007 10 7 3 0 .700 1 1 0 1.000 World Bowl XV championship
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2007)