This time last year Anthony Dablé was plying his trade for the German based New Yorker Lions. Now he’s on the roster of the world renowned New York Football Giants. He’s catching passes from one of the Manning brothers and gunning for a roster spot alongside legends like Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Junior (you know, this guy).
At 6’4” and 220 pounds he’s a similar size to superstars like AJ Green of the Bengals and Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos - both players who have used that size to become superstars in the NFL. At 27, the clock is ticking for Anthony, but he’s the biggest wide receiver on the Giants roster.
Anthony started his playing career in Europe, for the Centaures of Grenoble in France. He then moved to Germany, and after a spell with the Berlin Rebels in 2013, he moved to the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions of the German Football League. Here he won two national titles and the European championship last year.
Anthony started playing football at 19 after he discovered the sport playing the video game NFL Quarterback Club ‘98. He’s now aiming to be the first French player to take on the NFL for nearly a quarter of a century. The most recent was Richard Tardits of Bayonne who last played as linebacker for the New England Patriots in 1992.
Anthony had signed with France’s Aix en Provence Argonautes for the 2016 season and planned to continue his studies at the University of Aix Provence, but the opportunity to make an NFL roster arose.
Centaures of Grenoble (2008-2012)
Berlin Rebels (2013)
Braunschweig New Yorker Lions (2014-2015)
New York Giants (2016-present)
Who is your sporting hero?
Cristiano Ronaldo, mostly for what he has accomplished of the field
What do you like to do on your rest days?
I review my playbook, make sure I recover and hydrate.
What are you most looking forward to about life in New York?
Looking forward to playing football!
What will you most miss from Europe?
I will miss the food and the small towns where you can just walk to go downtown and where there is no traffic.