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McKendree’s Fisher to play in Finnish football league this summer

Former McKendree University quarterback Isaac Fisher.
Former McKendree University quarterback Isaac Fisher. McKendree University photograph

Former McKendree University quarterback Isaac Fisher has been signed to play football this summer in Finland.

Fisher, a four-year starter at quarterback for the Bearcats who just completed his first season as a member of the McKendree baseball program, will play for the Vaasa Royals in the Vaahteraliigc – or Maple League – which is the highest level of American football played in Finland. Fisher was signed by the club last month.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Fisher. “I was hoping to be able to continue my football career, and this will be a fun adventure and experience. I found out about the league through (former McKendree graduate assistant) Jesse Lewis, who played overseas, and was able to get my information to them. A lot of teams contacted me but I’m real glad to be playing for the Royals. I’m looking forward to it.”

Fisher will have an accelerated learning curve as he joins his new teammates overseas. He wrapped up the McKendree baseball season Sundayafternoon in Kenosha, Wis., against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. After the ride home, Fisher had a day to prepare for his flight to Finland on Tuesday. He will begin practicing with Vaasa – which opened its pre-season camp last week – upon arrival to prepare for the Royals’ season opener onMay 21. The team will play a 10- to 12- game schedule that runs through September.

“It will be quick turnaround, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Fisher. “It will be good to get back on the football field and build on my skills.”

In his four seasons at McKendree, Fisher rewrote the Bearcats’ record book. He is the program’s all-time leader in total offense (10,257 yards), passing yards (8,508), and passing touchdowns (64). Fisher also finished seventh on the Bearcats’ career rushing list with 1,749 yards, which is the most ever for a McKendree quarterback.

As a senior in 2015, Fisher established new season records for total offense (3,595 yards), passing yards (2,792), passing touchdowns (21) and completion percentage (.668), and also posted 803 rushing yards, the most for a McKendree quarterback in a single season. He also threw a school-record six touchdown passes in the season opener at West Liberty University. For his efforts, Fisher was named the 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

This spring, Fisher joined the McKendree baseball program and served as the Bearcats’ primary third baseman. In 47 games during his first collegiate season on the diamond, Fisher batted .292 with four doubles, one triple and 14 runs batted in. He led the Bearcats with 29 runs scored and was second on the squad with 50 hits.