Marty Patterson’s claim to fame is playing against Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson
Marty Patterson’s claim to fame is playing against Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson

Brisbane Wildcats owe success to linebacker

LINEBACKER Marty Patterson has played a huge role in the South Brisbane Wildcats' unbeaten start to the Gridiron Queensland season.

The Wildcats are five wins from five, and Patterson has proved to be an exceptional pick-up for the team based at Slacks Creek.

Patterson played 1AA college level for Gardner-Webb University, and was a multiple All-Big South selection in the Southern Atlantic region of the US.

He reached third in the college's history for most tackles.

Patterson was also a part of a pre-season training camp at Toronto in the Canadian Football League, before becoming a mini cult hero in Germany for the Baltic Hurricanes.

"We were a top-three team in Europe. We lost by two points in the semi-finals to the team that eventually won," Patterson said.

"Every week we'd probably get between three and four thousand just for home games.

"For the semi-final we had about 15 to 20,000. It's pretty big over there."

Patterson trained his backside off, winning Europe's MVP award.

But he also enjoyed himself away from the field.

"I trained every day. Right now I probably weigh 103kg. When I was at the height of my career in Germany I was 112, and I was able to move like I do now," he said.

"We lived in a frat-type house where there was 12 of us from all over - Hungary, the Netherlands, three from the States, a couple from Germany.

"We had a lot of interesting nights out."

Patterson played alongside Wildcats teammate and quarterback Tommy Corwin while playing in the French league.

Now, the ever-energetic defender just plays the game for fun and to stay in shape.

But he does have a claim to fame.

"I got to play against (Seattle Seahawks quarterback and last season's NFL champion) Russell Wilson," Patterson said.

"That was when he was at NC (North Carolina) State before he went to Wisconsin, then he went to the NFL.

"He actually set a record on us.

"Now I just want to do some travelling."



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