Philippe Keep (American football)
See also: Philippe Keeps (homonymy)
Philippe Keeps , born the March 24th 1979, is a French player of American football. This linebacker makes 107 kilos for 1,86 meter. He is the third French player to evolve/move in NFL after Richard Tardits (1988 - 1992) and Marc-Angelo Soumah (2003).
BiographyExcel ski or, Philippe Gardent comes tardily to American football (17 years) but it joined quickly the team of France juniors following its services with the Centaures of Grenoble. It is selected in TEAM Europe to take part in Total Championship. He is elected better defensive player of this competition. He joined then the Argonautes of Aix-en-Provence with which he is champion of France in 2001 and 2002. He is indicated these two seasons there like best the linebacker of the championship of France.
He takes part in a camp of drive of NFL Europe in February 2003 and joined the Berlin Thunder. With Berlin, it gains World Bowl in 2004. Simultaneously with its career in NFL Europe there remain laid off in French clubs, Argonautes or Cougars Saint-Ouen-the Alms (season 2004 - 2005). It is also regularly selected in team of France of American football with which it gains the bronze medal with the Worldwide games 2005.
After two conclusive springtides in NFL Europe with the Centurions of Cologne where he becomes the first player not-American with being appointed better player (MVP) of defense in 2006, he signs at the end of August 2006 in NFL with the Washington Redskins benefitting from an international development program. He will only go to Washington to be able to involve itself within the frankness.
The July 9th 2007, it signs a two year old contract with the Carolina Panthers. It will have however to pass the obstacle of the camps of summer before being aligned in championship. It carries out its beginnings with Carolina Panthers at the time of match of pre-season vis-a-vis New York Giants August 11th 2007 becoming thus third player French to dispute this type of meeting after Richard Tardits, which played then in NFL of 1990 with 1992 with the New England Patriots and Marc-Angelo Soumah, which was cut the last day of the camp of selection by the Cleveland Browns in 2003 after having played of the matches of pre-season, marking even a Touchdown. Unfortunately, Philippe has also cut him by the Carolina Panthers it will thus not play in NFL for the moment. It was on the other hand signed to play in the development team of the Montreal Alouettes team of LCF: Football league Canadian.
- Blog of Philippe Keeps
- Official site of Philippe Gardent
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