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Former DePauw QB Bernie Haskins '98 Still Competing in German Football League

Former DePauw QB Bernie Haskins '98 Still Competing in German Football League

July 24, 2001

DePauw HelmetJuly 24, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - Bernie Haskins, DePauw University's starting quarterback in 1996 and 1997 is still tossing the pigskin. But now he's a pro. For the past two seasons, the 25 year old Haskins has been taking the snaps for the Saarland Hurricanes of the German Football League. Haskin's led the Hurricanes to a 14-2 record last summer. The team got off to a 1-5 start this year.

Haskins is profiled in a July 9, 2001 article in Frankfurt, Germany's newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. It explains how Haskins considered quitting football after last season and “get on with his life.” But the 1998 DePauw graduate says his love of football, and the experience of playing abroad, brought him back to Germany. "You go back to the States and tell people what you do,” Haskins explained, “and people, they're dumb-founded. 'Oh my God, you do this, and you saw that.' It's things people dream about or see in movies," he told the Allgemeine.

The article makes mention of Haskin's Greencastle roots. Patrick Kessler writes, “Haskins attended DePauw University, a small liberal arts college in his home state of Indiana, whose football team does not play national powerhouses like Florida State or Notre Dame, but no-names like Sewanee College or Rose-Hulman. Students in these Division III programs compete in the sport not to position themselves for a professional football career but for the love of the game.”

You can read Kessler's entire article, complete with color photographs of Bernie Haskins, by clicking here: http://www.faz.com/IN/INtemplates/eFAZ/archive.asp?