July 16, 2007
KAWASAKI, Japan - Former Holy Cross linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the 2007 World Championship of American Football. Adams helped the United States to a perfect 3-0 record in the tournament, which took place from July 7-15 in Kawasaki, Japan. Over the course of the three games, Adams totaled four solo tackles, including one tackle for loss. He was part of a defense which allowed an average of just 9.0 points and 125.0 yards per game during the tournament.
Team USA opened the world championship with a 77-0 victory over Korea on July 10, then defeated Germany 33-7 on July 12 to win its pool with a 2-0 record. In the gold medal game on July 15, the Americans defeated Japan 23-20 in double overtime, with placekicker Craig Coffin of Southern Illinois kicking a 22-yard field goal to end the game.
This year marked the first time the United States competed in a world championship event in the sport of football. The championship game marked the first-ever loss by Japan in world championship competition, as it had won the previous two titles in 1999 and 2003. The 45-man United States roster was made up of college football players who completed their eligibility in 2006. Team USA was coached by John Makovic, a former collegiate head coach at Wake Forest, Illinois, Texas and Arizona.
During his collegiate career, Adams was named second team All-Patriot League in 2006, after leading the Holy Cross defense with 109 total tackles, including 91 solo stops, 13 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also totaled two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three pass breakups on the year. Adams finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in solo tackles, 24th in total tackles and 38th in tackles for loss. He reached double-figures in tackles seven times on the season, while leading the team in tackles in nine out of 11 games. Over the course of his four-year career as a Crusader, he totaled 317 total tackles, 257 solo stops and 19 tackles for loss. Adams also took part in the 2006 East Coast Bowl all-star game, in Petersburg, Va.