Friday, June 11, 2004

Former RedHawk thriving in Europe


Cohen hoping to play way to NFL

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati native Dustin Cohen, who will play in his second consecutive World Bowl on Saturday, has not given up on his NFL dream.

Cohen, 27, a Frankfurt Galaxy linebacker, said he has more NFL options coming out of the European season than he did a year ago.

"My agent says a number of teams have contacted him, but we're not allowed to do anything until after (Monday)," Cohen said in a phone interview from Germany on Thursday.

Cohen's only choice last season was Kansas City. He signed there June 19 but was cut at the end of training camp.

"I'm a better player than I was coming out of Miami (University)," he said. "Experience is a key factor. I'm healthy. I'm still young."

Cohen is second on the Galaxy defense with 50 tackles and is tied for the team lead with nine unassisted special-teams tackles.

Cohen has been with Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Detroit of the NFL.

All of his NFL game experience came with the Rams; he has appeared in four regular-season and two playoff games. Rams coach Mike Martz deactivated Cohen for Super Bowl XXXVI against the Patriots, preventing Cohen from becoming the first Miami University football player to appear in the NFL championship game.

Cohen said he is in no hurry to put his Miami business degree to use, especially after hearing friends complain about the 8-to-5 office life.

A year ago, Cohen went to Paris on a three-day break from the Galaxy work schedule. This year he has been to Munich and Prague.

"It's a lot of fun over here. It's a good group of guys," he said.

The NFL dream burns.

"I'm looking for the right fit," he said. "I thought I had it in St. Louis (as a special-teams player), but I got hurt. My niche is out there."

E-mail mcurnutte@enquirer.com




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