June 22, 2002

Four Saints Allocations Start in World Bowl X

The Berlin Thunder won World Bowl X today in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Thunder started off strong, and rode a 20-0 halftime lead over the Rhein Fire to a 26-20 victory. Berlin became the first team in NFL Europe history to win the World Bowl in two consecutive years.


Three Saints played for the Rhein Fire, wide receivers Jimmy Robinson and Onome Ojo and punter Dirk Johnson. Robinson led all receivers with 146 yards on nine catches, including a fantastic 36-yard reception late in the game to set up the Fire's comeback bid. Robinson finished seventh in the league with 33 catches for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Rhein QB Tee Martin, struggling all day with his accuracy, had overthrown Robinson, but the tall Saints-allocated wideout leapt off the ground to cradle the ball for the catch down the left sideline.


Ojo collected two catches for 16 yards. Ojo finished the regular season with only 11 catches for 111 yards and one touchdown.


Johnson punted three times for a 42.7 yard average, including a 52-yard punt and one downed inside the Berlin 20-yard line. Johnson dominated the league in punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line, with 23 in the regular season, nine more than the next best punter, Bill LaFluer. LaFluer, of the Barcelona Dragons, was with the Saints during last year's training camp. Johnson, who will be competing with Toby Gowin for the Saints' punting job this training camp, finished the NFL Europe season with a 42.7 yard average, a long of 67 yards, and only four touchbacks.


Dirk Johnson and his fiancee' Jen will be married on June 29.


For the victorious Thunder, Saints allocation LB Jonathan Jackson collected six solo tackles on defense and one more on special teams. Jackson played both inside and outside linebacker for the Thunder this season.

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