The Grenoble Centaurs, newly promoted to the top division in France, have signed one of the premier running backs in Europe, Team France RB Andreas Betza, for the 2019 season.
The 5’8″, 185 lb native of Cameroon, Africa, who grew up in Avignon, France, led Frankfurt Universe in rushing with 738 yards (10th in the German Football League), helping the team reach the German Bowl. In 2017, Betza led the French league in rushing with 1,211 yards and 21 TDs while playing for the Thonon Black Panthers, helping the team reach the French championship game. In 2016, he scored six touchdowns in the Serbian championship game, leading his team, the Kragujevac Wild Boars to the Serbian title.
AFI: How old were you when you started playing football and where?
Betza: I started at the age of 17, in the club of the Avignon Warriors in the south of France where I grew up.
AFI: What do you enjoy most about the game?
Betza: The pressure and excitement you feel when you play against a big team. Big time players step up in big time games
AFI: What are your best attributes as a running back?
Betza: Definitely my speed, my elusiveness.
AFI: How do you think football has developed in Europe?
Betza: With communication first through the import players and coaches I guess. There is so much more football knowledge now from overseas.
AFI: You have any favorite foods from your travels in Europe?
Betza: Everywhere I go, chicken will be my favorite food.
Check out Andreas Betza highlights from the 2018 season
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