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Former SOU Star Matt Retzlaff Earns Swedish Title Game MVP

Years removed from his playing days at SOU, Matt Retzlaff won another championship, this time with the Stockholm Mean Machine of the Swedish Superserien American football league.

Posted: Jul 7, 2018 8:39 PM
Updated: Jul 7, 2018 8:44 PM

STOCKHOLM -- Former SOU star receiver Matt Retzlaff is now a champion on two different continents. The ex-Raider led the Stockholm Mean Machines to a Swedish Superserien (Sweden's highest American football league) championship with 88 receiving yards, 49 rushing yards, and three all-purpose touchdowns. 

The Mean Machines trailed 21-7 at one point, but stormed back for an epic come-from-behind 42-41 win over the Carlstad Crusaders, the league's eight-time defending champions. As fate would have it, it was an injury, to Retzlaff's former SOU teammate, Julius Rucker, that would open the door to his monster day. 

"I think Julius suffered a rib injury," Retzlaff said, "That kept him off the field in the second half and that's where things opened up for myself and just like I am a leader on our team on our offense, he's the leader of their team on their defense." 

After a successful season overseas, one that saw him lead the league in receiving yards with 810, Retzlaff will return to Medford to help coach his alma mater, South Medford, for a second straight season. After that, he hopes to play next season in Europe, or get a chance at a higher level. 

"My hope is to keep playing as long as I can whether it's here in Europe or the Canadian League, or shoot, even the NFL," Retzlaff said, "The belief is still there, the dream is still there. I know I can compete at the highest level." 

To hear our full interview with Retzlaff, who spoke with Newswatch 12 hours after winning the championship, you can view our video above.

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