Mozart, Wiener Schnitzel, and the Danube River are likely to spring to mind at the utterance of Vienna, Austria. But the central European city conjurers up much different images for Kyle Kaiser — mainly the gridiron.
The former Broomfield High School and University of Nebraska-Kearney star kicked off his professional football career in the metropolis in 2012. And as of Thursday, the speedy receiver was heading back to the burg and his old team.
Kaiser is slated to suit up for one game with the Vienna Vikings, but it is a dozy.
He joins his former team as it attempts to capture Europe’s equivalent of a Super Bowl title. And having played in and lost the last Eurobowl, Kaiser is more than motivated for his present opportunity.
“This means a lot to me, I wasn’t satisfied with how last year finished,” he said. “We worked hard and missed out.”
The Vikings fell 27-14 to the Calanda Broncos from Chur, Switzerland a year ago in Eurobowl XXVI. But the latest chapter of the Old World’s football championship has Kaiser licking his chops.
The Vikings beat the Swarco Raiders Tirol out of Innsbruck for the 2012 Austria Bowl title. And come the July 6 continental championship — in a venue yet to be named — Kaiser is certain his team can do it again on the larger stage.
The European game is no different than its American counterpart, apart from the amount of Yankees allowed on each team’s roster. Each club is allowed only three American players with a late-season injury of one of those players opening the door for Kaiser to help the Vikings for their fifth Eurobowl title in their ninth appearance in the championship.
Luckily enough, when he took the international phone call from the EFL’s most successful club a few weeks ago his season with the Colorado Ice was winding down. And his run with the Loveland-based Indoor Football League team left Kaiser certain he is in tip-top shape to perform for Vienna.
He exited his first season with the Ice named to the All-IFL First-Team Offense and nominated for Rookie of the Year. And finishing the season with 869 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns did more than put the wideout in prime condition for a title. It also put Kaiser in the position to make some big decisions when he gets back from Austria.
“Some Arena 1 teams have contacted me,” he said. “But I haven’t decided if I want to play for them or hold off to see if there are any opportunities in the Canadian Football League or maybe even higher.”
Before he worries about his career, however, Kaiser has a little matter to bringing glory back to the Imperial City.
“I’m definitely not going over there to waste anybody’s time,” he said.
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