Monday, March 14, 2011

Alex Swieca: Israel's Aaron Rodgers

The fourth edition of the Israel Bowl is just 5 days away. The Judean Rebels will face off against the defending champion Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres. Alex Swieca, an 18 year-old quarterback from New York, is at the helm of the Rebels and a major reason they've made it thus far.

He's put up tremendous stats in Israel's only tackle football league, bulldozing competition that includes former NCAA Division I players and former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's brother, among others.

In the division championship game he led the Rebels on an unbelievable comeback from an 18-point deficit and scored the game-winning touchdown on the ground against the only team the Rebels failed to defeat in the regular season. He racked up 5 touchdowns with no interceptions, 248 passing yards, and 52 rushing yards overall. The win propelled the Rebels to their first Israel Bowl in history. It also broke the Israel Football League's attendance record with close to 1000 fans cramming into Jerusalem's Kraft Stadium.

Swieca aspires to play college football for the University of Michigan.