Breaking News In Arena Football
So This morning the internet came alive with NEWS from the Arena Football arena as the National Arena League Officially Announced that the New York Streets are joining the NAL for the 2019 Season. This coming out as both the American Arena League and Arena Football League announced new teams.
The Streets are owned by Corey Galloway who owned the Harrisburg Stampede of the PIFL, and according to their website will have Rick Marsillo as head coach/Gm and DeValle Ellis as Director of Player Personnel.
In Other NAL News, The Massachusetts Pirates continue to be busy this offseason, bringing back wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. The 32-year-old had an immense impact in his first season with the team, finding pay dirt 23 total touchdowns.
Over in the American Arena League, The West Virginia Roughriders have re-signed defensive back Malique Johnson and Offensive Linemen Duke Robinson for the 2019 season.
Johnson, a former 6’2 starting linebacker for Old Dominion University, was signed in 2017, in their inaugural season, by the Richmond Roughriders professional arena football team playing at the historic Richmond Coliseum. Malique, a versatile player on defense, would go onto be an integral part of the Roughriders first championship season and particularly in the championship game, in which Johnson intercepted the Florida Tarpons quarterback, Mike Wallace, and returned the ball all the way for a touchdown in the final remaining seconds of the game to seal the victory for the first year Roughriders. Johnson would go onto continue his success with the Roughriders in 2018, helping them all the way to the another championship appearance and securing his second all-star team selection in just two years.
Robinson, a former 2-time All American (2007,2008) standout offensive lineman at the University of Oklahoma under then Head Coach Bob Stoops would dominate in his 3 years at Oklahoma, also achieving multiple All-Big 12 honors and a spot on the Sports Illustrated 2009 All-Decade Team. After graduating from Oklahoma, Duke Robinson was selected in the 5th round of the 2009 draft with the 163rd overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. After Robinson’s stint in the NFL with Panthers and then with the Tennessee Titans, Duke would turn his attention to Arena Football. Over the next few years Duke would go onto play for top tier arena football teams like The Utah Blaze, Spokane Shock, Philadelphia Soul, Jacksonville Sharks, and most recently with the Portland Steel.
HERE IS THE NAL ANNOUNCEMENT