Admirals end World Bowl drought
May 29, 2005
Hamburg Sea Devils 10, Amsterdam Admirals 27
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ruvell Martin scored three times to see off the Sea Devils. (waynepaulo.com)
QUARTERBACK Kurt Kittner threw a hat-trick of second half touchdown passes to San Diego Chargers-allocated wide receiver Ruvell Martin to blow open what had been a tight, low-scoring affair in the Netherlands.
And with the Cologne Centurions losing at home to the Rhein Fire, the Admirals booked a first World Bowl berth since 1995 and will face the Berlin Thunder in the championship game in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday June 11.
Martin, who ended the game with 5 receptions for 114 yards, reeled in scoring strikes of 13, 37 and 25 yards to give him a league-leading 10 touchdown receptions on the season.
Amsterdam’s defense was also in dominant form, intercepting Hamburg quarterbacks four times and recovering a fumble. The Admirals recorded six interceptions during an overtime loss against the Sea Devils in Week 7.
Casey Bramlet and Ryan Dinwiddie were each picked off twice, with safety Scott Connot leading Amsterdam’s defensive charge with 7 tackles, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery.
After a slow start, Kittner put up solid numbers for the Admirals, hitting on 19 of 35 passes for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bengals passer Bramlet, who was intercepted four times in Hamburg’s previous meeting with the Admirals, made a shaky start to the game, fumbling the opening snap before falling on the loose ball.
Two plays later, Bramlet attempted an ill-advised pass as he was about to be sacked by defensive tackle Jeremy Caudill and Admirals safety Ron Israel made a diving interception at Hamburg’s 40-yard line.
Jarrett Payton rushed three times for 16 yards as the Admirals moved into scoring range before Kittner (Chicago Bears) threw incomplete on third down. Chris Snyder then had his 44-yard field goal attempt blocked by defensive tackle Aaron Hunt.
Despite starting their second drive of the day at their own 6-yard line, the Admirals got on the scoreboard through Snyder’s 23-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining in the first quarter. The scoring march got off to a good start as Martin drew a 39-yard pass interference penalty out of Sea Devils cornerback Rufus Brown.
Kittner then hit wideout Ataveus Cash for a 21-yard gain, French tight end Yoan Schnee for 7 yards and Payton on a 9-yard screen pass. But the Admirals couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone as Martin failed to haul in what would have been a touchdown strike from Kittner on third down, bringing on the field goal unit to give the home side a 3-0 lead.
The Sea Devils began their next drive in outstanding field position as Snyder slipped on his kickoff and his botched effort was fielded at the Admirals 42-yard line by Hamburg linebacker Scott Genord.
Zack Abron gained 14 yards on two carries before Bramlet hooked up with wide receiver Chris Collins for an 11-yard gain. Inside their own 20-yard line, the Admirals defense stiffened and the visitors were forced to settle for a 30-yard Todd France field goal that saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-allocated kicker tie the league record for points in a season with 85 (Scott Szeredy, Barcelona Dragons 1995).
With defenses dominating the remainder of the first half, neither team had further scoring opportunities until the Admirals forced a late turnover as linebacker Greg Carothers caused Abron to fumble and Connot recovered the loose football. An unnecessary roughness penalty against Hamburg gave the Admirals a first down at their own 49-yard line with just over three minutes left in the half.
Kurt Kittner throws one of his three second half touchdown passes. (waynepaulo.com)
Kittner connected with wide receiver Carlos Perez for 10 yards, wideout John Booth for 14 yards and Payton for another 11. A 4-yard pass to Payton and a pass interference penalty against Zach Norton moved the Admirals as close as the 3-yard line but with Martin dropping his second pass of the day in the end zone, they were forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Snyder and a 6-3 lead.
Amsterdam had a chance to increase their lead as Connot intercepted Dinwiddie at his own 35-yard line with 26 seconds left in the half. Kittner connected with Martin for gains of 17 and 22 yards before an apparent touchdown pass to Perez was called back due to an offensive pass interference penalty against the Philadelphia Eagles-allocated wide receiver.
The infraction meant Snyder was called upon to attempt a longer field goal as time expired in the half and his 50-yard effort sailed wide left.
The Admirals stretched their lead on the opening drive of the second half as Martin finally secured a catch in the end zone as he reached high to reel in a well-executed play-action pass from Kittner for a 13-yard score. Snyder tacked on the extra point for a 13-3 lead.
Martin’s eighth touchdown catch of the 2005 season was set up by Kittner’s 44-yard pass to Booth. After making his scoring grab, Martin pretended to rock the football to sleep as a tribute to his two-week-old daughter, Kennedy, who he has yet to see since her birth back in the United States.
With Hamburg struggling on offense, the Admirals soon found themselves back on offense and in good field position as a 33-yard run by Jonathan Smith moved them to midfield. Smith carried a further four times on the scoring drive, picking up a key first down with a 2-yard run on fourth-and-one inside Sea Devils territory.
After conceding a sack, Kittner recovered on the next play to loft his 37-yard touchdown pass to Martin, who out-muscled his marker at the goal-line to give the Admirals a 20-3 third quarter advantage.
With Amsterdam’s pass defense shutting down the Hamburg attack for most of the second half and wiping out any hopes of a comeback, the Admirals iced the game as Kittner hit the seemingly unstoppable Martin on a post-pattern from 25 yards out for a 27-3 lead with 2:20 remaining.
There was a small consolation for the Sea Devils as they found the end zone on Dinwiddie’s 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bobby Blizzard as time expired. France converted the PAT for his record 86th point of the season.
Sorry thats all I found but atleast he did something of note. Also I may add that I think Kittner will be the next great player from NFLE.
Who was the first?
First? I don't know but Hall is a pretty solid player, Warner earned a MVP and a Super Bowl MVP, Jake Delohme (sp) guided a team to the Super Bowl, Adam Vinatieri is a "ok" player and from what I have seen David Akers can kick the ball pretty well.
Warner came from the Arena League.
Warner played NFLE as well. Look it up.
I thought you were going to give a Bob a thrill by calling out Dainty Hall...
Or closer to home...
#13 Kurt Warner
HT: 6-2 WT: 219lbs.
College: Northern Iowa
Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa
NFL Exp: 8th Year
• Career completion percentage of 65.9% ranks #1 in NFL history ahead of Steve Young (64.28%) and Joe Montana (63.24%).
• Entering 2005, his career QB rating of 95.7 ranks #2 all-time in NFL history behind only Steve Young (96.8).
• Warner’s 4,830 passing yards in 2001 represent the second-highest single-season total in NFL history (Dan Marino, 5,084 in 1984).
• Recorded nine 300-yard passing games in 1999 and 2001 (NFL single-season record is 10 by Oakland’s Rich Gannon in 2002).
• Holds a share of the NFL record for most consecutive 300-yard passing games with six in 2000 (shares with Rich Gannon, 2002, and San Francisco’s Steve Young, 1998).
• Has twice posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 (10/1/00 vs. SD and 10/3/99 @ Cin). Became the first player in NFL history to record two “perfect” games.
• A two-time NFL MVP (1999 and 2001) Warner was also named Super Bowl XXXIV MVP after leading the Rams to a victory over the Tennessee Titans (1/30/00).
• Became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 passing yards accomplishing the feat in his 36th career game.
• Has 30 career 300-yard passing games including two 400-yard passing games.
• A three-time Pro Bowler, Warner has a career passer rating of 95.7 and has led the NFL in completion percentage and average gain per attempt three times each, has had the highest quarterback rating and led the league in touchdown passes twice, and has finished first in passing yardage once.
Pro Career: One of the greatest success stories in NFL history, Warner signed with the Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent on March 6, 2003. Originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994, Warner went on to play in the Arena Football League with the Iowa Barnstormers (1995-97) before being signed by the St. Louis Rams on December 26, 1997. A two-time NFL Most Valuable Player (1999 and 2001) and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV, when he led the Rams to 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans, Warner also led St. Louis to Super Bowl XXXVI, where the Rams lost to New England 20-17.
2004: Played in 10 games with nine starts before being replaced as the starter after a 5-4 record by rookie Eli Manning … in week one @ Phi (9/12) started and finished with 16 completions on 28 attempts for 203 yards, a long completion of 43 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions … vs. Was (9/19) started and finished the game with 22 completions on 33 attempts for 232 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions … opened the game with eight straight completions, the seventh of those eight was a 38-yard touchdown pass to WR Tim Carter … vs. Cle (9/26) started and finished with 19 completions on 27 attempts for a season-high 286 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions … completed 20 passes on 26 attempts for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception @ GB (10/3); also had two rushes for 22 yards; streak of passes thrown without an interception ended at 126 when he was picked off by S Darren Sharper late in the first period; four-yard touchdown pass to Shockey in the fourth quarter was his second touchdown of the season and gave the Giants a 14-7 lead; completed a pair of passes for 25 and 26 yards to TE Jeremy Shockey to set up a RB Michael Cloud one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter … finished with 18 completions on 33 attempts for 217 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in a win @ Dal (10/10); became the first Giants quarterback since Danny Kanell in 1997 to win four of his first five starts … started @ Min (10/31) and finished with 13 completions for 21 attempts for 144 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions … in his final game as the starter @ Arz (11/14), finished with 19 completions on 30 attempts for 193 yards with a long of 21 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions … did not see action for next three games before replacing Eli Manning @ Bal (12/12) in the fourth quarter completing six passes on nine attempts for 127 yards with a long reception of 41 yards … 41-yard pass to WR Amani Toomer set up RB Tiki Barber’s one-yard touchdown run … also completed passes of 38 and 22 yards to TE Jeremy Shockey … did not see action in the final three games of the season.
2003: Played in two games with one start for the Rams … completed 38 of 65 passes for 365 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception … threw for 342 yards while completing 34 of 54 at NYG (9/7); had 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception; the 54 attempts were a career-high, and second-most in Rams franchise history, while the 34 completions tied for fourth; it was his 30th career 300-yard passing game; was sacked 6 times and fumbled and suffered a concussion … did not play again until regular season finale @ Det (12/28), completing 4 of 11 passes for 23 yards.
2002: Played in seven games with six starts in injury-plagued season in St. Louis … started first four games, leaving the game vs. Dal (9/29) with a finger injury that would sideline him for the next 5 games … saw limited action vs. Chi (11/18), returned to starting lineup for the next two games, @ Was (11/24) and @ Phi (12/1) … missed final 4 games with a hand injury, and was placed on injured reserve (12/12) … recorded three 300-yard passing games, including a season-high 315 yards @ Den (9/8) … reached several milestones @ TB (9/23), where he completed his 1,000th career pass, becoming the fastest to reach the milestone in terms of games (47, one game fewer than Drew Bledsoe and Peyton Manning), and attempts (1,487, 84 fewer attempts than Joe Montana - 1,571); his 17th attempt (an incompletion) was the 1,500th of his career, qualifying him for the NFL’s career list of leading lifetime passers; became the 3rd quarterback to enter the list at No. 1, following Joe Montana (1983) and Dan Marino (1986), and 1st quarterback to enter the list with a rating of over 100.0 … opened game @ Was (11/24) by completing a career-high 15 consecutive passes, tying for 3rd-highest in team history; a 4-yard touchdown pass to Troy Edwards was his 100th career touchdown pass, moving him into 4th place in Rams history, surpassing Hall of Famer Bob Waterfield, and tying Brett Favre for the 5th-fastest to reach the milestone (50 games) in NFL history.
2001: Started all 16 regular season and three postseason games for the Rams … earned NFL Most Valuable Player honors for second time in three seasons, edging teammate Marshall Faulk by one vote … led the NFL in completions (375), completion percentage (68.7), passing yards (48, 30), touchdown passes (36), average yards per attempt (8.85), passer rating (101.4), third down passing (109.5), and was 3rd in the NFC and 4th in the NFL in 4th quarter passing (101.4) while throwing a career-high 564 passes … became 3rd quarterback in Rams history to earn three or more consecutive Pro Bowl berths (Norm Van Brocklin 6, 1950-55; Roman Gabriel 3, 1967-69) … set team records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, most seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards (2), and most games with 300 or more passing yards in career (26) … tied NFL record for 300-yard passing games in a season (9) and tied a team record for most games with 4 or more touchdown passes in career (6) … had 8 games with a passer rating of at least 100.0 … became the fastest player to reach 10,000 passing yards in NFL history, accomplishing the feat vs. Car (11/11), (his 36th game) … number of completions ranked 6th on NFL’s all-time single-season list … had 10 multiple-touchdown passing games: a pair of 2-touchdown games, five 3-touchdown games, and three 4-touchdown games, plus 10 games in which he completed at least 70 percent of his passes … had one of the best games of his career vs. Mia (9/30), completing 24 of 31 passes (77.4 percent) for 328 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions (150.3 rating) … played well in Rams’ season-ending 6-game regular season winning streak, completing 132 of 180 passes (73.3 percent) for 1,830 yards, 18 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, including 3 300-yard passing games, 2 3-touchdown passing games, and 2 4-touchdown passing games during the streak … completed 17 of 23 passes for 342 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions @ Atl (12/2) to begin winning streak … completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions @ NO (12/17) … in 3 postseason games, completed 68 of 107 passes for 793 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions … led Rams to NFC Championship Game victory vs. Phi (1/27), completing 22 of 33 passes for 212 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions … led Rams from 14-point deficit in Super Bowl XXXVI vs. NE (2/3), directing two touchdown drives in 4th quarter to tie score at 17-17 before the Rams lost on last-second field goal by the Patriots’ Adam Vinatieri.
2000: Started all 11 games in which he played, helping Rams set NFL records for passing yards and total yards … earned 2nd straight Pro Bowl berth … led NFL in completion percentage (67.7) and average gain (9.88), was 3rd in the NFC and 7th in the NFL in 3rd down passing (91.2 rating), and 4th in the NFC and 5th in the NFL in 4th quarter passing (98.8) … completed 235 of 346 passes for 3,429 yards, 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions … set NFL record for most passing yards after 2 games with 827 (old record was 823 by Frank Tripucka, Denver, 1962) and after three games with 1,221 (old record was 1,166 by Drew Bledsoe, New England, 1994) … his 1,557 passing yards after 4 games set NFL record for most passing yards in 4 consecutive games, surpassing mark of 1,417 by Bledsoe in 1994 … Warner’s 2,260 passing yards after six games were the most in NFL history (Bledsoe, 2,072 in 1994) … completed 25 of 35 passes while passing for career high 441 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions vs. Den (9/4) in leading Rams to 1st Monday Night Football win since 1988. His passing yardage was the 3rd highest opening-game total in NFL history and 4th-highest total in team history … set career high and tied team record with 35 completions (in 47 attempts) for 386 yards @ Sea (9/10) … became 1st player in NFL history to record perfect passer rating of 158.3 twice vs. SD (10/1) … completed 24 of 30 passes for 390 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. It was the 1st time in team history and only 3rd time in NFL history a team had a 300-yard passer (Warner), a 100-yard rusher (Justin Watson, 102 yards), and three 100-yard receivers (Isaac Bruce, 167 yards; Marshall Faulk, 116 yards; Az-Zahir Hakim, 104 yards) in the same game as Rams gained 614 yards, 2nd-highest total in team history … tied NFL record with 6th consecutive 300-yard passing game vs. Atl (10/15), when he completed 24 of 40 passes for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was the 1st time in NFL history a team had 300-yard passer (Warner) and 200-yard rusher (Faulk, 208 yards) in same game … broke pinky finger on right hand on center snap on last play of 1st half @ KC (10/22) … missed next 5 games before returning @ Car (12/3) … completed 12 of 17 passes for 133 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception @ NO (12/24) before leaving game with concussion … started NFC Wild Card Game @ NO (12/30) and completed 24 of 40 passes for 365 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Led Rams to 21 consecutive points in 4th quarter in which he completed 11 of 14 passes for 198 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
1999: Started all 16 regular season and 3 postseason games while producing one of the most memorable and improbable stories in NFL history … was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl MVP while leading Rams to their first championship since 1951 … earned first Pro Bowl invitation … re-wrote Rams' single-season passing records by completing 325 of 499 passes for 4,353 yards, 41 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His passer rating of 109.2 was the 5th-highest in NFL history … led NFL in touchdown passes, completion percentage (65.1), third down passer rating (137.3), fourth quarter passer rating (116.0), and was 2nd in the league in passing yards…Set 8 team records: quarterback rating, passing yards, completions, completion percentage/season, completion percentage/game (86.9), most games with 300 passing yards in a season (9), most consecutive 300-yard passing games (4), and most touchdown passes in a season, while tying record for most touchdown passes in a game (5) and tying NFL record for most 300 yards passing games in a season (since passed by Oakland’s Rich Gannon in 2002) … threw more touchdown passes in first 4 starts (14) than any player in NFL history, throwing 3 touchdown passes in opening victories vs. Bal (9/12), vs. Atl (9/26), and @ Cin (10/3) and throwing a career-high 5 scoring passes in win vs. SF (10/10) … threw for more passing yards (1,217) in 1st four starts than any player in NFL history … led Rams on 19 scoring drives (17 touchdowns) between 71-80 yards (team had 4 in 1998) and 11 touchdown drives between 81-90 yards (team had 5 in 1998) … threw for then career-high 351 yards in division title-clinching win @ Car (12/5) … had streak of 133 consecutive passes thrown without an interception in Games 4-8, 3rd longest in team history … in three postseason games, completed 77 of 121 passes for 1,063 yards, 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions (100.0 rating. Completed 27 of 33 passes for 391 yards and 5 touchdowns in NFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Min (1/16) … threw game-winning 30-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl with 4:44 remaining to give Rams 11-6 win vs. TB in NFC Championship Game (1/23) … passed for Super Bowl-record 424 yards in win over Tennessee (1/30) … threw game-winning 73-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with 1:54 to play in the game.
1998: Saw 1st career action in the 4th quarter of Rams’ final game vs. SF (12/27) … completed 4 of 11 passes for 39 yards … assumed the backup role behind Steve Bono for the final two games after a season-ending knee injury suffered by Tony Banks vs. NE (12/13) … did not play @ Car (12/20) … inactive as 3rd quarterback for the first 14 games.
1998 (NFL Europe): Started all 10 games for the Amsterdam Admirals … led league in passing yards (2,101), attempts (326), completions (165) and touchdowns (15).
1995-97 (Arena Football): Passed for 10,486 yards and 183 touchdowns in 3 seasons with the Iowa Barnstormers (now New York Dragons) … led Iowa to two straight Arena Bowl appearances.
College: Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior at Northern Iowa … led the conference in total offense and passing efficiency … passed for more than 300 yards four times … two-time Gateway Player of the Week … started only as a senior.
Personal: Full name Kurtis Eugene Warner … he and his wife, Brenda, have five children: sons Zachary, Kade and Elijah and daughters Jesse and Jada … graduated with a degree in communications … attended Cedar Rapids Regis High in Iowa, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball … Des Moines Register all-state selection in football during his senior season ... established the First Things First Foundation in the spring of 2001 with wife Brenda to promote Christian values and bless the lives of those less fortunate with projects such as trips to Disney World for ill children, building recreation centers in children’s hospitals, helping single moms achieve the dream of homeownership and teaching Special Olympians the football basics. All projects are centered on Kurt and Brenda’s life theme: faith and family come first ... official website is www.kurtwarner.org
You need to know when people are playing with you...
How about L'Roi Glover.
I'd rather have an article about when Warner bagged groceries...
Sorry its words, I can't see how you mean to type it. Might try adding a J/k at the end of it. :)
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