April 3, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) has been selected to play for Team USA at the 2007 World Championship of American Football. Adams will represent the United States in the tournament, which will take place from July 7-15 in Kawasaki, Japan. The 2007 tournament appearance will mark the first time the United States has competed in a world championship event in the sport of football.
The World Championship of American Football, which is run by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), was previously held in 1999 in Italy and 2003 in Germany. This year, the United States will be one of six countries competing in the world championship. Japan (the host country and two-time defending champion), Sweden (the current European champion), Germany, France and South Korea have also qualified.
The 45-man United States roster will be made up of college football players who completed their eligibility in 2006. The team will train at San Jose State University from June 20-July 3, before departing for Japan to take part in the tournament. The United States is scheduled to play South Korea on July 10 and Germany on July 12, with the championship round set for July 14-15.
Adams was named second team All-Patriot League in 2006, after leading the Holy Cross defense with 109 total tackles, including 91 solo stops, 13 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also totaled two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three pass breakups on the year. Adams finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in solo tackles, 24th in total tackles and 38th in tackles for loss. He reached double-figures in tackles seven times on the season, while leading the team in tackles in nine out of 11 games. Over the course of his four-year career as a Crusader, he totaled 317 total tackles, 257 solo stops and 19 tackles for loss. Adams also took part in the 2006 East Coast Bowl all-star game, in Petersburg, Va.
Team USA will be coached by John Makovic, a former collegiate head coach at Wake Forest, Illinois, Texas and Arizona. Makovic also spent four seasons as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.