Photo: Kha Vo

[Originally published in Swedish by Värmlands Folkblad]

Not long after Carlstad Crusaders linebacker Mattias Eriksson had won the 2017 Swedish championship with the Crusaders, he headed off to Canada and Wilfrid Laurier University to study for a semester and try out for the school’s football team. His plan was to battle for a roster spot.

According to Johan Ekberg of Värmlands Folkblad newspaper, he made it. In speaking with Ekberg, Eriksson explained:

“I am very proud that I succeeded,” he said after his debut for Laurier Golden Hawks in the Canadian University League.