Ansbach Grizzlies

The Ansbach Grizzlies are an American football club from Ansbach in Bavaria in Germany. The Ansbach Grizzlies are co-founders of the American Football League, the present-day GFL, and three-time German champion.


The Ansbach Grizzlies were established in 1979.

Together with the Frankfurt Lions, panthers Dusseldorf, Munich Cowboys, Bremerhaven Seahawks and the Berlin eagles denied the Grizzlies the first Bundesliga season.

In the first final, today's German Bowl, the Grizzlies 1979 runners-up were published on 10 November with a 8:14 against the Frankfurt Lions.

After another defeat ( 12:21 ) against the Lions in the final in 1980 they were in 1981 with a 27:6 win against Frankfurt for the first time German champion.

In 1982, another league title with a 12:6 against the Cologne Crocodiles. In 1983 and 1984, the Ansbach Grizzlies were each runner against the Dusseldorf Panthers and against the same opponents again in 1985 German Champion ( 14:7 ). 1986 took the Ansbach Grizzlies last time on final part and subject to the Panthers with 14:27.

In the years 1987 and 1988, the Grizzlies took part in the semi-finals and in 1989 part of the quarter-finals of the League. After a fifth place in 1990 ended the great era of Ansbach Grizzlies.

After two downs in a row, the team played in the third, temporarily in the fourth division, was the withdrawal from the official game operation until after the 1998 season.

After a rebuild and participation in the construction League in 2000, the Ansbach Grizzlies take since 2001 part of the regular operation. First launched in the national league Bavaria West, the team played until the end of the 2006 season in the Bayern league, which corresponds to the fourth league in Germany. For 2007, the men's team has not been reported to play mode and instead transitional formed a senior flag football team. In the 2008 season the team played in the development league Bayern A. However, due to lack of players had soon after the season starts, the team from the running game working again will be logged out. Since that time we have together not receive 30 men more for their own team. Many are " migrated " to the neighboring teams Rothenburg, Crailsheim or Nuremberg. The rebuilding a men's team, however, is more objective in which you are working again in 2012 strengthened. An amplification by players and coaches on one side is very interested and pleased to be able to rise to this challenge so soon again in Ansbach, a men's team can participate in the regular game mode.


  • German champion: 1981, 1982, 1985
  • German Vice Champion: 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986
  • Participation semifinal: 1987, 1988
  • Participation quarterfinals: 1989

More teams

In addition to the Ansbach Grizzlies as a men's team in association with the Young Grizzlies plays a youth team as a gaming community with the Erlangen Sharks. Supported by the Grizzlies cheerleaders Norris Cheer Stars'. The gaming community is since 2010 a "3 - he -SG " consisting of the Ansbach Grizzlies, the Franks Timberwolves ( Fürth ) and the Erlangen Sharks. You have the SG- name " Franconian Predators " given himself and play like 2011 again this year in the Youth League structure Bavaria.

National players

Roman nobleman in 1986, 89 Frank Fischer, 1989 Peter Friedrich, 1986-87, Thomas Geret, 1989 Erich Gray, 1985, Raymond Grauf 1985-87, John Heidingsfelder 1985 Martin Heidingsfelder 1985-1987, Markus Holzmann, 1986, Martin Loder 1986, Thomas May 1985, Wenzl Meindl, 1986, 1986 Andreas Müller, Klaus Philipeit 1985 Steffen Reißmann 1986 Martin Schreckenberger 1986-1987, Christian Spengler 1985, Stefan Spengler 1986-1987, 1989 Thomas Spengler, 1985, Hilmar fall 1986. Christian Walter 1989

Germany coach

Thomas May (Defense, D -Backs ) 1986-1989, Christian Spengler ( Defense, Linebacker, Line) 1986-1989


The home games of the Ansbach Grizzlies take place in Carolinum Ansbach.

This and That

With eight participations in the German Bowl in a row 1979-1986 the Ansbach Grizzlies set a record that has been equaled only in 2004 by the Braunschweig Lions.