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Maxi Pircher's path leads from California towards the east of the USA. © Maximilian Pircher

New NFL contract: Maxi Pircher changes club

In mid-March, the Los Angeles Rams announced their separation from Max Pircher. Should that have been it for South Tyrol's American football export in the best league in the world? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! Now he has a new club – and an extremely traditional one at that.

In the past two years, Pircher was removed from the Rams' squad after the season, only to be re-signed again. That's why there was recently speculation about staying in Los Angeles again. But now everything is different: Pircher is a new player for the Detroit Lions.

The 23-year-old from Brixen, who moved to the NFL via Innsbruck and Hildesheim two years ago, was presented as a new addition last night (CEST) in Michigan. There he was signed – just like last time in LA – as part of the International Player Pathway Program (IPPP). This development and expansion project allows NFL clubs to sign players from outside the United States without putting a strain on squad size.

Will there be a breakthrough in Detroit?

Pircher won the coveted Super Bowl in his first year with the Rams, but he has not played in the highest-grossing sports league in the world to date. Now he is making a new attempt with the Lions. According to experts, the chances of his NFL debut are promising.

Fittingly: The traditional club from Detroit also wants to take a big step forward in its 90th year of membership in the league and land its first playoff participation since 2016. The fourth and last championship title to date dates back to the distant year 1957.

The Lions play their home games at Ford Field, which has a capacity of 65.000.

Despite the recent dry spell, Detroit is one of the long-standing NFL strongholds with a stadium occupancy of almost 98 percent. Which also has to do with a very special tradition: Since 1934, the Lions have played a league game on Thanksgiving Thursday. This has long been a cult in the motor city of Detroit and far beyond.


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