I just would like to express how happy and excited I am to have this opportunity to play the game I love. The Raptors organization seemed like the best fit for me after speaking with Coach J. Just days after first talking to coach and hearing what he had in mind and him knowing what he wanted for his team it just felt right for me to want to be apart of it. As far as all the questions on why I choose to play at a lower level is pretty much because I feel I have nothing to prove. I’ve played at the top levels and played well,also I feel I’ve earned my respect and so forth. And on top of that I love the game of football. And many may not see it from an imports eyes but it’s very stressful sitting day in and day out thinking man will this team call back are will that team call back, that’s all too much in a way. As a coach you should know what you want and coach J did. He let me know point-blank after talking that they were interested in having me and acted on it. So things for me feels much more like the offseason now knowing I have a team. I can now focus more on working out, my goals, and the team goals that are set for us.
Augsburg raptors commit “American heavy hitter & play maker” Jamaal Jonas from St. Louis, United States.
We are very proud that we were able to gain an American import, For our team.
Jamaal, is no stranger to the German/European football. He played the last 6 years in Germany, of which the last two seasons in the GFL for the Nuremberg Rams. He is undoubtedly one of the leading Defensive players of the League.
He was awarded the MVP several times and has won a championship with one of his previous teams. He was one of the top defensive play makers and tackler in the GFL. It is planned to have Jamaal as a starting safety, and for him to be used as a Rover. He will also supported our offense as a back-up QB. Prior to his European career Jonas played football on just about all levels from high school to indoor. And has played all skill positions from quarterback to defensive back.
“Jamaal is the ideal complement for us, we are very pleased. We welcome him and wish that he feels at home here. He is not only a very dynamic and versatile player, but his aggressive style and proven ability to bring an “old school” vibe to our already rapid defense – but he’s just a good, nice guy with character and values that you need to make it in our team. I couldn’t be happier with this decision, but now the real work begins, it is time to bring this decision to the success. “- Coach Johnson welcomes him to the Raptor’s family. He is expected to be in Augsburg mid-January to come to participate in the off-season program and integrated into the team.
Source: Augsburg Raptors