26.07.2004 klo 14:55
The Trojans´American quarterback Brett Dietz shares his thoughts about football in Finland and tells what has been the most surprising thing so far.
Your date of birth? I was born October 8, 1981.
Your hometown? I live in Villa Hills, Kentucky. Only a ten minute drive south of Cincinnati, Ohio.
How long have you played football? I’ve played since I was 11 years old, started in 6th grade.
On what other positions you have played? I've played QB since I started, but I also played free safety when I was 12 and 13 years old. I have also punted in high school and college.
What is your best achievement in football so far? Leading my college team to two straight conference championships. In my senior year, I led the nation in Total Offense with 380.5 yards per game. I also hold an NCAA record for most completions and attempts in a playoff game (46 completions on 78 attempts).
What are your goals as a player? My first goal is to win the Championship. Personally, I want to get a larger understanding of the game at the QB position. For example, calling plays that fit best with the defense and calling an audible if it is necessary. Also, I want to help my teammates understand the game better and help them enjoy the game as much as I do.
Your personal goals (career, studying etc.)? I have many options right now. I will return to the US and tryout for some leagues. When my football career is over, I will probably go into radio with some kind of sports broadcasting. But anything can happen so I will be open for anything that flies my way.
Why did you decide to play football abroad? It was a great chance to live and experience Finland. I also get to do what I love doing and that is playing football. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn't turn down.
What did you know about Finland before you came here? I knew it was one of the Scandinavian countries before I got offered the deal. Then I researched a little on the internet and knew that saunas were a big deal over here. Other than that I was trusting what Coach Haula was telling me on the phone when he said that it was a great place and I would love it here.
How do you rate the level of American football in Finland? It is higher than I thought it was going to be. Scott and I played for NCAA Division III and the top teams in the Maple league could compete with most conferences in Division III. It is not exactly a good comparison because college teams practice everyday and have 90 plus players on the team. With the same practice and coaching, some teams over here could compete in the States, in my opinion.
On what areas do you think Finnish players need most practice?Again, this is a hard thing to explain because most people that play in college in the U.S. have been playing for many years. They have also been taught the basic fundamentals since they began. I would say the Finnish players just need more experience and some one on one coaching would really help out too. It would be best if they were taught good fundamentals when they were young and then build from there.
What has been the most surprising thing in Finland (positive or negative)? I was surprised at the amount of people that know English. Almost everyone knows enough English to get by and can understand me even when I speak pretty fast. That is definitely a positive thing.
What do you miss most from USA? The cheap prices and my family and friends.
Have you learned any Finnish language?Well I have heard that it is a very hard language to learn, but I’ve picked up a few words here and there. The basics.
A message to our readers? I’m happy to be in Turku and playing for the Trojans. Finland has been a real nice experience for me so far and I look forward to bringing the championship back home to Turku with the rest of the Trojans. Big thanks to everyone that has helped me and scott in Finland.