Nebraska Garners Commitment from Four-Star Swedish Immigrant QB

By DJ Byrnes on April 5, 2014 at 2:28p

Kevin Dillman, a four-star Swedish dual threat QB who immigrated to Texas as a teen to further his career has chosen Bo Pelini's Nebraska Cornhuskers during his visit there this weekend.

As soccer continues to expand in America, it's equally fascinating to watch football expand internationally. I think stories like this will become very common in the near future.

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FROMTHE18's picture

I have had a chance to see American Football 'leagues' in action in Spain, England, and Italy, and I can tell you that there are many middle school teams that could compete and probably beat the teams I watched. Most have ex-college football players (many from DIII) come and play/coach the teams. Just from my experience, its decades behind development as Rugby is and will be the sport of choice for athletes that could potentially be legit football players. 

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45OH4IO's picture

I really like that kid they got last year: Zach Darlington. Think he is gonna be a player.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I know this is almost a no-win situation but if an Ohio State recruit suffered the same type of head injury Darlington sustained last year I would be very upset with the school if it continued to push for him to continue playing at the next level.

Honor the scholarship but don't let him step on the field again. Darlington is a future football tragedy just waiting to happen.

buckeyedude's picture

American football in Sweden? Who knew?




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Seattle Linga's picture

I'll admit - I didn't Dude 

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Gå Uppsala 86ers!

Kurt's picture

I don't think American Football is or will be expanding all that notably abroad.  I think all you have to do is look at North American sports that have been successful internationally (basketball and hockey) versus the sports that haven't really prospered internationally (football and baseball).  The latter two are very unique sports (perhaps like cricket to some cultures) that will likely never gain a worldwide appeal.  It just is what it is.  Stories like this will crop up occasionally, but the over-arching trends will continue: soccer will become more popular here, and basketball will become more popular abroad.

Lon_Paul's picture

I have to disagree with you about baseball not having prospered internationally.  Baseball's actually quite popular internationally (much more so than American Football).  For instance, it's the biggest sport (or one of the biggest sports) in a number of countries in Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan), the Caribbean (Puerto Rico {Not its own country obviously but distinct culturally from the USA}, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Netherlands Antilles, Venezuela {I realize Venezuela is in South America but it has some cultural connections to the Caribbean so I'm including it in this group}), Central America (Nicaragua, Panama), and North America (Canada, Mexico), and it's growing and increasing in popularity in a number of other countries (Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, China, etc.).  MLB has talked about staging some regular season MLB games in Europe (Italy or the Netherlands) to start the season similar to what they did in Australia this year (which was a big success by all accounts) and in Japan in seasons past and we can also see the increased international appeal by the ever increasing influx of international players into the Majors and the increased participation by countries in the World Baseball Classic.   So while baseball may not be quite as International right now as soccer, basketball or hockey, it certainly has a much greater international appeal than American Football and I think speculating that Baseball will never have worldwide appeal is a little presumptuous because it is, and has been for a number of years, been increasing its appeal and popularity worldwide.  Not trying to jump all over you or anything but I'm really passionate about baseball's international expansion so I just wanted to point out some things that you may not have considered previously.  I think you have to consider the international expansions of American Football and baseball as distinct entities as American Football is not nearly as far along in its development internationally as baseball is, so lumping them into the same category isn't really accurate in my mind.

Kurt's picture

Fair points...thanks for the thoughtful reply!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I heard that his rich, TV Chef uncle helped finance the know, this guy - 

Yergdi Verbi!

But seriously, best of luck to the kid. American football is seriously increasing in popularity worldwide. Pretty cool.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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