BIG NEWS IN THE ARENA FOOTBALL WORLD
It’s Monday Morning and NORMALLY today would be about the NFL and all the weekend action, but if you have gone outside, you would have smelled the air. Arena Football is COMING and the news is good! Several HUGE announcements… so lets not waste anytime.
There is a press conference being set up for later this week in Orlando Florida, and the NAL will unveil the Orlando Terminators as the newest team to enter the league for the 2019 season. Rumors were leaked over the weekend that former College Standout, NFL Europe player and Orlando Predator Superstar Kenny McEntyre has formed the Terminators and a lease has been signed at the Amway Arena for a February start date.
LockedIN Magazine fans are familiar with McEntyre from his 1998-2006 and 2007-2011 stints with the Predators and his 2010 campaign as the head coach of the Orlando Fantasy of the Lingerie Football League and knows this is the man to bring football back to ORLANDO!
In other news–
The Massachusetts Pirates professional arena football team in Worcester, MA have signed former Florida Gator defensive back Jabari Gorman, former NFL offensive lineman Brandon Washington, Undra Hendrix II and resigned Devonn Brown for the 2019 season.
Gorman, the 5”10” 185lb. native of Opa Locka, FL played 49 games in four years for the Gators where he tallied 116 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. Gorman then embarked on his pro career and in 2016 was the Indoor Football League’s Defensive Rookie of the Year with the Nebraska Danger. There he had 125 total tackles with seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.
This past season Washington played in seven games for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Last season Washington appeared in 11 contests helping Toronto to the Grey Cup Championship. for the 2019 season.
Running back Undra Hendrix II has been around the league since his career season with the High Country Grizzlies in 2017. It has been a bumpy road, but Hendrix is not ready to give up just yet.
His arena football career began in Laredo, TX. He also played in Amarillo, TX before joining the Jacksonville Sharks. He was traded from Jacksonville when they signed a running back by the name of Derrick Ross.
Hendrix went on to sign with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2015. In two seasons there, he recorded just 11 rushes for 14 yards and two touchdowns. He then signed with the High Country Grizzlies (Boone, NC) in the new National Arena League in 2017.
In 10 games, Hendrix rushed for 301 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. He was the league’s second-leading rusher behind the man that took his spot in Jacksonville, Derrick Ross. Hendrix was on top of the world. Then, the world came crumbling down on him and the team.
Brown led the Pirates with 24 touchdown receptions and was tops in the NAL averaging 19 yards per catch. Brown can’t wait to be back in Worcester.
The Jacksonville Sharks announced that Defensive Back Paul Robinson, Mike Williams and Defensive Linemen Keith Bowers have signed with the Jacksonville Sharks.
Robinson (5’10”, 183) spent the 2018 season in the Champions Indoor Football League where he played three games with the Wichita Force and 10 games with the CIF Champions the Duke City Gladiators. Combined he landed 47 tackles, 20 pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and two interceptions. In 2017, Robinson played for the Omaha Beef playing in 13 games recording 31 tackles and three interceptions. During his time with the Beef, he was named First Team All-Northern Conference. Prior to the 2017 season, Robinson had stints with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (2015), Dodge City Law (2014), and the Sioux City Bandits (2013).
Bowers a.k.a “Thunder” (6’2”,285) played in 15 games finishing in the top 5 in the NAL in multiple categories including 10 tackles for a loss (4th) and 7.5 sacks (T-4th). In addition, Bowers had 24.5 tackles, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one safety. Bowers was snubbed from the All-NAL selections despite dominating in two key statistical categories.
Williams (6’5”, 330) spent most of his college career at Villanova where he played both offensive line and defensive line. He redshirted his freshman and recorded five starts during his career at Villanova (2013-2016). Williams transferred to Jacksonville University as a redshirt senior in 2017. During his time at JU he played in all 11 games as a defensive line recording 24 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, and two sacks.
Defensive Back Ronnie Hardison (5’8,151) signs with the Maine Mammoths for his second year of arena football. This will be his first year with the Mammoths. Last season, Hardison played with the Florida Tarpons of the American Arena League (AAL).