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Join Date: Apr 2004
By Seth Polansky
(May 13, 2004) -- NFL Europe is a training ground for young football talent. So when a former NFL starter shows up to lead a team, the rest of the league takes notice. That's what it has been like for Rhein Fire quarterback Chad Hutchinson. After starting nine games as a rookie in 2002 for the Dallas Cowboys, he knows what it's like to face a formidable pass rush on every play. And that's a big reason why he is the reigning NFL Europe Offensive Player of the Week. Despite the bullseye on his uniform, Hutchinson has put up decent numbers because competing at the professional level has become second nature.
Even his teammates are in awe. "It's pretty cool going up against an experienced quarterback in practice. He knows all the reads and he's stingy with those interceptions," Rhein linebacker Charles Burton said.
It has been rough going the last few weeks for the team. After starting off the season 2-0, three straight losses tainted the Fire's schedule, including one in Week 5 to a winless Scotland squad. But Rhein righted the ship last week against Amsterdam and Hutchinson was 20 of 27 for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the 20-13 win.
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