Football: McDaniel's Scott not finished with football yet

Football: McDaniel's Scott not finished with football yet
McDaniel College's Drew Scott plays linebacker in a game against Ursinus on Oct. 28, 2017. (Courtesy of McDaniel College / Ryan Murray)

For most Division III athletes, their careers end once they graduate.

Those who play a sport at that level generally do it for the love of the game, with no official athletic scholarships offered by the NCAA. But there are rare instances when players get the opportunity to extend their careers, and recent McDaniel College graduate Drew Scott is doing just that on the gridiron.


Scott signed a contract around three weeks ago to play football for the Munich Cowboys in the German Football League. He joins the Cowboys’ prospect team.

The league was founded in 1979 and consists of two flights — GFL and GFL 2. There are 16 teams in each flight, separated by North and South divisions. The Cowboys reside in the GFL’s South division.

A standout linebacker at McDaniel, Scott anchored the Green Terror defense throughout his four-year career, never missing a start in 40 games. He racked up 255 total tackles, tied for 10th most in McDaniel history, and earned Centennial Conference second-team honors last fall.

Mike Dailey, McDaniel’s head coach for the last two seasons and a longtime assistant before that, attributed Scott’s work ethic to his performance on the field.

“He’s a heck of a football player,” said Dailey, whose team went 3-7 last season. “I don’t even think he ever missed a practice.”

Scott (6-feet, 225 pounds) said he had aspirations to play professionally after his collegiate career wrapped up in the fall. But because most international football leagues had already started before Scott was set to graduate, it was a decision between a degree or football.

“I graduated and was like, aw man, I might be done playing football because that whole thing didn’t work out,” Scott said.

Scott chose to stick out school and it paid off. When one of the Cowboys’ middle linebackers was forced to return to the United States for work, Scott got the call.

“I was like, dude, sign me up and get me in there,” he said.

Drew Scott led the Green Terror in tackles last fall with 72. He finished his career with 255 tackles and five interceptions.
Drew Scott led the Green Terror in tackles last fall with 72. He finished his career with 255 tackles and five interceptions. (Courtesy of McDaniel Athletics)

Since arriving in Munich on Sunday, Scott said it’s been a culture shock. After walking across the graduation stage and earning his bachelor’s degree one month ago, he finds himself 4,000 miles away from his hometown in Brick Township, New Jersey, an unfamiliar feeling for someone who's never been overseas until now.

He enters an entirely new world, but from the turf fields in rural Westminster to the Munich metropolitan area, one thing that has stayed constant throughout has been football.

“All the guys on the team have taken me under their wing … it’s like I have a whole new family out here,” Scott said.

Football is still continuing to evolve in areas like Germany and while he’s considered the new guy, Scott is a veteran in terms of his experience on the field.

“It is so different,” he said. “I’ve been playing for 17-18 years now and I’m playing next to guys who started a month ago.”


Scott said his contract expires Sept. 28, but the aspirations to continue his career won’t. If he plays well enough, Scott said there’s a chance he could be re-signed by the Cowboys, or perhaps draw interest from other international teams.

And if that doesn’t work out, he’ll continue to search for an opportunity.

“This is something I could see myself doing for at least two or three more years as long as my body lets me,” Scott said. “If I get the opportunity to come back and still play in the states, I’d love that.”

Much like when he came to McDaniel four years ago to play, the love for the game still runs strong through Scott. Football is something that has become a part of him.

“I can’t picture life without it,” Scott said. “I love the game, I love the friendships I have because of the game of football. I love literally everything about it.”

Drew Scott is playing for the Munich Cowboys in Germany.
Drew Scott is playing for the Munich Cowboys in Germany. (Courtesy of McDaniel Athletics / Ryan Murray)