Best Linebackers in the Maple League

Dick Butkus, Lawrence Taylor, Mike Singletary, Junior Seau, Ray Lewis. . . If these names mean nothing to you, please stop reading now, google these names, then continue. These are names of some of the greatest linebackers to ever play American Football. A linebacker is the best overall athlete on a defense and usually exhibits leadership qualities that are second to none, not even the quarterback. I’m not comparing any of the Maple League’s linebackers to NFL greats, but this year’s top play makers are some of the best in Europe, hands down.

Jim Barry  #3 – Vantaa TAFT

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Santtu Ayravainen #43 – Helsinki Roosters

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Sebastian Karbin #68 – Helsinki Roosters

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Sami Toivonen #10 – Turku Trojans

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Ilkka Koiranen #3 – Turku Trojans

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Ilya Redin #40 – Turku Trojans

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Chris Young #4 – Wasa Royals 

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Joshua Akena #5 – Wasa Royals

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Niko Pennanen #8 – Porvoo Butchers

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Tero Kontiainen #52 – Porvoo Butchers

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Johan Grahn #58 – Tampere Saints

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Matthieu Fayard #40– Seinjoki Crocodiles

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Greg Robinson #6 – Seinajoki Crocodiles

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