Europe is known for its high quality football — just not the American kind. Fortunately, a local talent is set to help change that.
Corbin Lawler, son of Tea Mayor John and Michaele Lawler and brother of Mackenzie Lawler, set records (since broken) for the Titans as quarterback, then laced up his cleats for the University of Sioux Falls Cougars.
“My best season at Tea was my senior season when we made it to the semi finals, which was a huge accomplishment after going 0-8 for both my freshman and sophomore years,” said Lawler. “At USF, my senior season was the best.”
The Cougars went 12-0 in the 2016 regular season and were named conference champs for the first time since joining Division II and the NSIC five years ago. Stuck behind record setting QB Luke Papilion, Lawler played well in limited showings, completing 17 of 30 attempts for three touchdowns in seven appearances as a senior.
It was enough to catch the eye of Orebro Black Knights Head Coach Aaron Fiddler, who was particularly impressed with what coaches had to say about Lawler as both a player and individual. It made signing the 6’3 212-pound 22 year old that much easier.
“I have been playing football since the third grade, and fell in love with the sport at a young age, and it has grown more throughout my life,” said Lawler, but it’s doubtful at best that playing overseas was ever in his plans.
The former Titan settled in at quarterback in sixth grade, dreaming of one day playing like New England Patriots legend Tom Brady.
“I have been a huge Tom Brady fan for a long time, not only because of his success, but also because he was over looked by all the teams and no one expected him to ever have the career he has had in the NFL. He has been successful for a long time now, but what I really admire is how he is constantly changing and critiquing his mechanics to become a better quarterback, even though he is already viewed as one of the best to ever play.”
Even though the NFL didn’t call, Lawler found other ways to turn pro, and garnered interest from more than just the Black Knights.
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