By Seth Morin
Four former Franklin College football players will be furthering their careers in football across the Atlantic Ocean.
Senior Grant Welp will be joining Jonny West, Kyle Linville and Colin Gallagher in playing football overseas in Europe.
Welp will be heading to Europe just prior to graduation.
Welp will not be playing on the same team as the other Grizzlies. He will be joining the Orebro Black Knights in Finland, whereas West, Linville and Gallagher will be playing for the Franken Knights of the German Football League.
“I am blessed to have the opportunity to continue my football career overseas,” Welp said. “There are many people and coaches that have supported me, and helped me achieve the professional level. I have been blessed that everyone has had the confidence in my ability to perform at a high level.”
“The European league is interesting,” Mike Leonard, head coach of the football team, said. “It’s competitive and certain teams are more competitive than others.”
Leonard, who coached a team in Japan for four years, said his advice to his former players was to not only enjoy being able to still play football, but to also enjoy the experience of being in another country and experiencing another culture.
“These guys will be given some great experiences and it will make them appreciate being an American more,” Leonard said. “It’s going to show them that there are different ways of doing things.”
Linville will be have a unique role for the Franken Knights this upcoming season as he is currently out with a leg injury. He will be the team’s offensive coordinator.