Former Ohio State football player, Darius Slade, has signed with the Barcelona Dragons of the European League of Football. Most die-hard fans will remember this name from the now-defunct, NFL Europe days, but the current iteration of the Barcelona Dragons is unaffiliated with the National Football League.
Slade was a former three-star recruit from the state of New Jersey in the class of 2014 and redshirted during his first year on campus, but in 2015 as a redshirt freshman, Slade saw action in seven games. The defensive end, unfortunately, suffered an Achilles injury which forced him to miss the entire 2016 season and it was after this that he decided to transfer to Arizona State.
Before the days of the portal, the NCAA forced players to sit out a season and Slade was forced to sit out in 2017 in his first season in Tempe. Slade started seven games for the Sun Devils in 2018 and tallied 2.5 sacks. He again decided to transfer, this time ending up at South Florida where he was named team captain and tallied 32 tackles on the season to go with two sacks and a forced fumble.
It is great that Slade can continue to follow his dreams and we look forward to watching his career flourish.
🗣️ “Estoy emocionado de poder representar a la franquicia de una manera positiva y continuar con la tradición ganadora que se construyó”
🗣️ “Estic emocionat de poder representar la franquícia d'una manera positiva i continuar amb la tradició guanyadora que es va construir” pic.twitter.com/GO02857oec
— Barcelona Dragons (@Dragons_BCN) December 6, 2022