The Amsterdam Crusaders have brought back defensive back/running back Leo Watkins.

The 5’10”, 190lb defensive back/running back from Chicago played his college football at Winona State (NCAA Div. II). He will leave the United States for the second time to travel to the Netherlands and join the Crusaders in Amsterdam for another year.

South Chicago native Watkins played football as a boy daily from sun-up to sun-down in the park behind his home. His versatile talent was soon apparent. Before he knew it, he came out as a defensive back for the Leo Catholic high school in Chicago eventually moving to California and West Hills College Coalinga community college.

It was at West Hills where Watkins came into contact with the Amsterdam Crusaders. Namely he became close friends with his Dutch teammate and current Crusader Dylan Bakker. Thanks to Bakker, before a senior linebacker for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, Watkins discovered more and more about the history, quality and vision of the Amsterdam Crusaders.

During his studies at Winona State University, Watkins then was part of the Winona State Warriors team. Although he did not make it to the NFL he played arena football for the Chicago Blitz and the Chicago Eagles.

Watkins will be looking to make an impact once again on the Crusaders roster.