Pair of #DUQFB Players Continuing Careers Overseas
May 2, 2014
PITTSBURGH - A little under three years ago they were teammates, helping Duquesne to a share of the 2011 Northeast Conference title. Now they find themselves 4,000 miles away from the Bluff playing the same game.
Running back Larry McCoy and linebacker Zach Richert will make their debuts in the German Football League and Regionalliga respectively, this spring.
McCoy, Duquesne's all-time leading rusher, is a member of the GFL Berlin Rebels, while Richert, who like McCoy is a former DU co-captain, is in his first season as a linebacker with the Cottbus Crayfish of the Regionalliga East.
It is the appeal of new experiences that brought both to Germany.
"I really want to soak up the culture here would like to learn how people live here," said McCoy in an interview on the Rebels web site. "I want to try to learn as much German as possible, I want to be like a sponge and try to absorb all I can about the German culture."
Richert echoed McCoy's sentiments in an overseas interview conducted upon his arrival in Germany.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to play football in another country," said Richert. "I have been received with open arms. I am looking forward to seeing more of the city. I really like what I've seen so far."
McCoy told swvatoday.com in late March that he plans to work with youth groups to promote the game of football in Berlin.
It is highly unlikely that McCoy and Richert - who are best friends - will meet on the field, as they will be competing in different leagues, with just a slight chance of clashing in the playoffs.
Cottbus opens its 21st season against the Potsdam Royals in the Regional League East tomorrow, while the Berlin Rebels kickoff their 2014 season on May 10 against the Dresden Monarchs in a GFL South game.