vs. Rhein Fire 2002
Just like in season 2001 a last minute interception had prevented a winning score for the Frankfurt Galaxy and this time it had been Deke Cooper, who had helped to move his team into another World Bowl appearance.
Nevertheless, quarterback Joe Hamilton had been a show of it's own class and most obviously, he has been one of the best, that the NFL Europe had ever seen.
But this was only one important aspect of a game with many peculiar moments and circumstances.
Such as for example the possession time, which went clearly for the Galaxy with 33:53 compared to only 26:07 for the Rhein Fire.
But Pete Kuharcheck had come up with the two sensational running backs Jamal Robertson from the 49ers and with Tony Taylor from the Dallas Cowboys.
Head coaches on video
Before the match Frankfurt Galaxy head coach Doug Graber had missed the World Bowl with a 64 season on third place in the League after the close defeat at Rhein Stadium.
Doug Graber pre-game interview 2002
Galaxy vs. Rhein Fire 2002
Watch the original game video clip
from season 2002 when 56k modems were the bottleneck for Internet TV.
The Buccaneers connection
But too bad for them, that Deke Cooper had come up with an impressive interception which had slowed down their World Bowl campaign.
Mostly surrounded by the best defense in the League Joe Hamilton had to come up with smart moves and good passes to score 1 TD and 30 rushing yards with 8 attempts plus completing 16 from 32 passes for 208 yards and 1 TD, what Rhein Fire head coach Pete Kuharchek had fully admired in his post game video interview.
Quarterback Tee Martin wrote a new record with 1 pass out of 8 completed for 5 yards during the first half, but after the game Pete Kuharchek had said, that Tee Martin will remain his starting qb despite 0 yards gain with 5 rushing attempts and 6 from 15 passes completed for 55 yards.
Running back Tony Taylor from the Dallas Cowboys had contributed 74 rushing yards with his 16 carries in additon to 2 receptions for 3 yards.
RB Marlion Jackson
Marlion Jackson was allocated by the New York Jets and he had rushed for 41 yards with 17 carries and he also caught 1 pass for 5 yards.