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Monday, July 2, 2007 1 "
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com l 1
FOOTBALL
From Ann Arbor to Amsterdam
By KEVIN WRIGHT high.... I would just look silly." Tony Pape and Norman Heuer. the Wolverines from 2000-2004, beer in the hotel the team stays in
Daily Sports Editor Adam Stenavich (2001-05 with The former Michigan offen- suited up for the Admirals in 2005, during the season.
Michigan) paused for a minute sive and defensive linemen are no when they were World Bowl Cham- "It's like being a freshman in
Grant Mason had never been before he responded to the ques- strangers to the ways of the Euro- pions, before a brief appearance in college," Pape said. "You go from
outside of North America, and his tion of what he didn't expect to peans and NFL Europa, which fold- the Arena Football League and now room to room, drinking beer,
first experience has shown him find in Europe. ed Friday, less than a week after its one final chance at hopefully mak- knocking on doors and hanging
one thing. "The TV is awful," said Stenav- 16th season. ing it on a NFL roster. out with your teammates."
Europeans like to ride bikes. ich, who started at left guard for the Pape, who played tackle for "I figure I'd give it one more All four of the former Wolverines
"Everyone in the area rides Admirals. "They play MTV shows the Wolverines from 2000-2004, shot," Heuer said. have their eyes set on the same NFL
bikes," said Mason, who played for from six or seven years ago." reneged on retirement from foot- Even with their goals set on dream but took different paths to
Michigan from 2004-05 and just But both Mason and Stenav- ball to play for the Berlin Thunder returning stateside, the elder Wol- NFL Europa.
finished a season playing for the ich overcame the transition from last season and the Admirals this verine graduates showed their old The Pittsburgh Steelers signed
NFL Europa Amsterdam Admirals. America to Europe with the help year. college teammates the ropes, from Mason in January as an undrafted
"I haven't ridden a bike since junior of two fellow former Wolverines: Heuer, a defensive tackle for prime Amsterdam bars to drinking See FOOTBALL, Page 16

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