American Football is thriving all over the world, especially in Europe. To help develop the sport and keep competition at a high level, American players are “imported” onto club teams in various capacities. These players get paid to play the game they love while seeing the world and experience different cultures. One of these import players, Milton Knox Jr, was kind enough to answer a few questions about his time in Austria with the Swarco Raiders.
How did you end up in Europe? I got here by mentor who played in Austria back in the early 90’s. I was tired of Arena football so I figured Europe was my best bet to keep playing.
LIFE IN AUSTRIA
How do you like it in Austria? Its real quiet, its different compare to Los Angeles, Im not use to the weather just yet. But the Mountains in the City of Innsbruck is Something out of discovery Channel. Sometimes I can’t believe I get to see this every day
How do you like the Austrian People? Really funny people always playing jokes on people and really down to earth.
What is your go to meal in Austria? Kasnocken (cheese dumplings)
Who do you spend your free time with in Austria? I spend a lot of time with both teammates and imports. I think guys don’t hang out with the local guys enough.
FOOTBALL IN AUSTRIA
What level would you compare the football played in Austria to in the United States? D2 to be honest, guys really love the game here and are very good
SUM UP THE EXPERIENCE
What level of American Football do you consider the best in Europe? FRANCE Hands down has the most athletic players But Germany and Austria are by far the best countries when it comes to Leagues and coaching.
What advice would you give to someone playing football in Europe for the first time? Make sure you talk to the other Americans imports on the other team to see how they like the city and team. Make sure you take care of each other while out here. If its giving someone tickets to a game or giving them a place to stay. Always stick together.