Stanford welcomes first Austrian-born football player

The Stanford Cardinal have been one of the most dominant teams in the country the last few years as they have won the PAC-12 championship three of the last five seasons. They are looking to be just as dominant in 2016 and they have gotten off to a good start.

The team had one of the best recruiting classes in the conference and they just added on another piece. Three-star defensive end Thomas Schaffer signed with the team, making him the first Austrian-born athlete to play in the FBS.

The six-foot-seven, 270-pound defensive end caught the attention of many schools, despite only coming to the states in 2013. He had offers from Oregon, Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, and North Carolina.

This is a big deal for the Cardinal and the FBS as the only other Austrian-born player was Sacramento State (FCS) and Adam State (Division 2) offensive lineman Aleksandar Milanovic.

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