Last season came out empty-handed, the tight end of the Vienna Vikings was selected in the second attempt this year and is one of only four players who are allowed to sniff the NFL air. “Now it really is that time. I can’t wait to get started. Arizona Cardinals, I’m ready, ”said 23-year-old Seikovits.
“This is the moment that we and Bernhard have been waiting for for almost two years. As a Viking he is taking the biggest step in his career so far, ”said Vikings head coach Chris Calaycay, overjoyed. “I know that Bernhard will represent us Vikings, Austria and Europe in the NFL very well. He is a role model for all young Vikings and the best example of how you can get to the top with talent, dedication and hard work. “
Seikovits wins contract with Arizona
Thomas Seikovits from the Vienna Vikings made it into the NFL through the International Pathway Program. The Viennese was initially signed by Arizona and will fight for a place in the Cardinals squad in the pre-season.
In addition to the Austrian, the German Aaron Donkor (Seattle Seahawks), the Mexican Alfredo Gutierrez (San Francisco 49ers) and the South Tyrolean Max Pircher (Los Angeles Rams) grabbed the seats. The latter was active in the Austrian Football League (AFL) and made his first football steps with the Swarco Raiders. The Austrian defensive man Leonel Misangumukini was not taken into account.
Arizona sparsely occupied in tight-end positions
Seikovits is the third Austrian in the NFL after Schaffer and running back Sandro Platzgummer, who was signed by the New York Giants. The 23-year-old can now definitely train for the entire season with the Cardinals. With good performances, the tight end can recommend itself in preparation for a place in the 53-man squad. If the jump does not succeed, there is at least the possibility, thanks to a place in the practice squad, to remain in training at the club without being able to be deployed.
The Cardinals around quarterback Kyler Murray and starreceiver DeAndre Hopkins are currently not exactly well cast in the position of the tight end. Dan Arnold, the designated starter last season, joined the Carolina Panthers. With Maxx Williams, Arizona has just one other well-known player in this position on the roster. However, the 27-year-old was unable to establish himself as a real size in his five years in the league.
AFBÖ President wishes “good luck”
For Austria’s association president Michael Eschlböck, another Austrian in the AFL is of course good news. “We are very happy and are convinced that he can convince the Arizona Cardinals. The same applies, of course, to Thomas Schaffer at the Chicago Bears. All of Austria wishes them both good luck, ”said Eschlböck on the website of the American Football Association Austria (AFBÖ).
The NFL Pathway Program was set up to expand the league’s global reach and to bind fans from other countries even more closely by identifying with individual players. The program started in 2017 and aims to give foreign talents a long-term chance for an NFL squad spot.