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NOT ALL AGGIES HAVE USA PASSPORTS

Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2008 by staff
Not only do Aggie Football players come from the panhandle region, as well as neighboring states, they also come from foreign lands is as evidenced by 3 returning players. Europeans, Dempsey Tamara, a fullback from Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Patrick Klein, a German wide receiver are joined by defensive tackle Cole Buchamer who hails from Surrey, British Columbia in Canada.

American football, as it is known outside the USA has become a global sport. Of course the sport has been played in Canada for almost as long as it has been in the USA. In fact, some assert that the game actually originated in Canada when a garrison of British soldiers stationed in Montreal organized a series of games with McGill University. The game they played had similar rules to rugby. A group from Harvard invited the group from McGill for a match in Boston and because the size of the Harvard field was 100 yards by 53 1/3 yards, the Americans opted for 11 players instead of 12. Those two adaptions became the staple of the American version of the game.

Some would also argue that the game actually had its origin in medieval Europe. In Italy, a game known as Calcio Storico Fiorentino (historic soccer of Florence) was a much more physical game than soccer somewhat combining the rules with those of rugby in a free-for-all.

The game, as we know it today, was first played in 1869 when Harvard and Princeton collided on the gridiron. The European version of the American game was introduced in the 1970s and sprung up around American military bases in Europe. The first European federation of American football was founded in 1976. Today, American football is played in more than 50 countries on all 6 of the world's inhabited continents, with more than 23 million athletes playing the sport.

Aggie defensive lineman Cole Buchamer who hails from Surrey, BC in Canada was a member of his province's All Star team prior to joining the Aggies last fall. During the 2007 season, Buchamer red-shirted and has four years of eligibility remaining.

Patrick Klein, arrived from Dusseldorf, Germany and was one of the top receivers for his youth team. He was an All Europe selection while playing for the well respected Dusseldorf Panther. Any injury prior to training camp last fall forced him to redshirt n 2007.

Dempsey Tamara arrved Goodwell from Amsterdam where he had been a member of the storied Amsterdam Crusaders. The team is coached by Aggie Alum Niels Meijer, who also played professionally with the Amsterdam Admirals in the NFL-Europe. Dempsey played linebacker for the Aggies last fall, but is moving to fullback for his sophomore campaign.

"We are excited to have these players as a member of our squad. They are all hard workers and all have the ability to contribute significantly to our success." Stated Aggie head football coach, Mike Wyatt.

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