Player Spotlight: Waldemar Harwigsson

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By: Matt Bressington of Europe's Elite 

Sweden has a rich history in American football and the development of talent across the various leagues that consist of Europe. The 2005 European champions have a renowned league that consists of feared teams in the Stockholm Mean Machines, Örebro Black Knights and the Tyresö Royal Crowns among others. However, the credibility of the league has been steadily increasing with the gifts keep raising from the U19 leagues, with many teams relying on the talent coming through. Waldemar has been on the radar for some time, a gifted wide receiver hailing from the Helsingborg Jaguars debuted this season for his new team after spending most of his life at the prestigious Griffins, a move was made and his production of the field has skyrocketed.

Although he missed the playoffs with his team, this didn’t stop him breaking out for 105 yards and one interception in his first outing, only to improve with 203 all-purpose yards, a touchdown, and a forced fumble against arguably the best teams in Scandinavia. Walle was not finished though, putting up another touchdown and interception on the defending National Champions in his last game of the year.

Having been lucky enough to preview Walle earlier in 2020 with the Copenhagen showcase, I can soundly say he is one of the smoothest route runners in Europe, with beautiful, flowing motions that conserve energy but still breeze past the defensive-backs with ease and create space for the catch. Legitimate 4.6 speed allows him to burn players on fades but also to catch the ball short and take it the length of the field with a wonderful ability to break to tackles and keep his balance, he manages to merge physical stiff arms with a smooth and relaxing run style that deceives his opposition while he pulls down deep balls over 2-3 defenders.

The deep balls, in particular, are a point of interest, the tracking and concentration exhibited are that of a seasoned professional. He uses all of his 6’1 athletic frames to highpoint the ball and comes down with it to extend the play even further, often resulting in six for his team. As mentioned earlier, it is not only his capacity to go up and over the Corners and Safeties but also his skill with the ball in his hands. One example of this is against Kristianstad, running a defined 5 yard out against a defense playing Off coverage he completely decimates EIGHT of the team using Juke moves, speed, and power.

Overall, Walle is a player that I’ve personally wanted to tell Europe and beyond about. The perfect attitude and a talented player who learns and absorbs information from all coaches, I do not doubt that he will continue to put up great numbers and punish teams he plays. This was all based around his threat as a Wide-out, but he is also a dangerous Returner and Safety using all of his elements of speed and power to light up the opposing offense or special teams’ units. Certainly, the definition of an athlete with the hands of an artist.


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