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, quarterback Terrance Owens, was kind enough to answer a few questions about his time in Poland with the Gdynia Seahawks.
Where else have you played besides Poland? Pittsburgh Steelers (Rookie Mini Camp), Kanas City Cheifs ( Rookie Mini Camp) , IFL Bemidji Axeman, CFL Edmonton Eskimos Mini camp
HOW IS POLAND?
How did you like life it in Poland? I loved it in Poland, all open arms. I love the Polish people. Met some Great people in Poland.
Did you spend a lot of time with local teammates or with other imports like yourself? I spend more time with the other imports and we all spend time together as a team.
What level would you compare the football played in Poland to in the United States? There really isn’t a comparison because football has only been in Poland for 10 years so there is a lot football to learn, but if I had to choose I would probably say the competition level in the Top League I played in Poland would be similar to a great Division 3 in the states.
What advice would you give to someone playing football in Europe/overseas for the first time? This is my first time overseas playing football so my advice for someone’s first time would be to learn how to communication with people. Watch for people body language and just do what you came there to do.