Where Are They Now Department:
Sounds like former Hawaii quarterback Tyler Graunke is getting a great opportunity — pro football-wise, as well as culturally. Graunke has signed with the Dresden Monarchs of the German Football League. Graunke said he enters camp next month as the No. 1 quarterback for the Monarchs, who went 6-6 last year and lost in the league semifinals.
“I’m very excited,” Graunke said Tuesday. “I got a call Friday and we finalized paperwork today. I’m at least two-thirds German, and I’ve never been to Europe.”
He had just been released by the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League after not playing in the Blizzard’s first three games.
Graunke said he’ll be paid $1,400 a month, plus most living expenses will be covered. “House, car, cell phone, health insurance, dental and most of my meals,” Graunke said.
It’s good to see Graunke get such an interesting opportunity. Sometimes folks forget what a key component he was to the 2007 undefeated regular season for UH. He quarterbacked two wins when Colt Brennan was injured, including the stirring come-from-behind victory at Nevada.
Simply put, without Tyler Graunke there is no undefeated regular season and there is no BCS game for Hawaii. Remember, he also passed for the Warriors’ only touchdown in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia.