Ex-LU football player Woodard playing in Germany

Maurice Woodard has taken his football career beyond the college ranks.

The former Lincoln wide receiver signed a professional contract with the Elmshorn Fighting Pirates, a member of the German Football League 2, earlier this month and made his debut with the team Saturday.

The German Football League 2 consists of 16 teams divided into northern and southern divisions. The league, originally formed as the 2nd American Football Bundesliga, has been playing competitively since 1982.

Woodard, a four-year player at Lincoln, caught four passes for 49 yards and returned two kickoffs for 52 yards in his debut with the Pirates, who suffered a 51-20 loss to the Cologne Crocodiles.

Woodard is Lincoln’s career receptions leader, having caught 143 passes in four years as a Blue Tiger. His best season came in 2012, when he had 68 receptions for 705 yards — both marks ranking as the second-most in a single season by a Lincoln receiver.

As a senior last fall, Woodard caught a team-high 48 passes for 372 yards.

During his career as a Blue Tiger, Woodard scored seven touchdowns and amasses more than 1,200 receiving yards. He was also named an all-Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association honorable mention last season.

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