Former Stratford and Western Connecticut State standout Octavias McKoy recently signed a contract to play for the Düsseldorf Panthers, a professional American football team based in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Panthers are members of the German Football League (GFL), formally known as NFL Europe. The GFL is the highest level of international football, and the premier level of European-American Football. Most recently, former Schwabisch Hall Unicorns (GFL) receiver Mortiz Boehringer became the first European player to be selected in the NFL draft without playing college football when he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in 2016.
McKoy leaves for training camp in March. The Panthers’ season begins in May. The Stratford alum is the founder of a newly launched brand, Tears United Inc., which sponsors talent throughout Fairfield County.
This signing marks McKoy’s third contract. He’s also played for the Fort McMurray Monarchs (Alberta, Canada) and overseas for the Elmshorn Fighting Pirates (Elmshorn, Germany).
While at WCSU, McKoy set the NCAA single-game rushing record (all-divisions) with 455 yards in a victory over Worcester State in 2013. The record was broken three weeks later by Heidelberg University’s Cartel Brooks, who rushed for 465 yards in a win over Baldwin Wallace.
McKoy still has aspirations to play in the NFL.
“This opportunity is the next step in the process,” McKoy said. “Aligned with a new speed coach – I’m working hard to attain that elite speed. Düsseldorf Panthers are a great organization. I’m building a great relation with management, Mr. Michael Wevelsiep, along with coach Deejay Anderson. I’m definitely looking forward to this upcoming season, once again showcasing my ability for the Düsseldorf community.”