The Good The Bad And Arena Football
Well Well Well. Happy Days Are Here Again! Arena Fans have some things to cheer about tonight as the West Virginia RoughRiders have FINALLY Found a League to call home! The National Arena League announced today that the Roughriders were one of two teams out of the mid-west to join the NAL for 2020.
The Roughriders, formerly known as the Richmond Roughriders (Virginia) have years of experience in arena football, playing in both the Pro Football League (PFL) and the American Arena League (AAL). Over the last three seasons, they have won two league championships (APF 2017, AAL 2019) and have grown significantly as an arena football brand. The Roughriders will play in Wheeling, WV at the West Bayco Arena.
“We are very excited to be a part of the NAL. It’s a very competitive league with great coached teams, and outstanding players, I am thrilled to be among the great ownership groups they have throughout the league and we will be ready to compete in 2020,” stated Gregg Fornario, Owner of the West Virginia Roughriders.
The Roughriders will be NAL’s sixth team for 2020 and will join the Massachusetts Pirates in the northeast region of the league. The Roughriders will also compete with the Jacksonville Sharks, Orlando Predators, Carolina Cobras, and Columbus Lions. More information about the 2020 schedule will be announced in the months to come.
Commissioner Chris Seigfried spoke to league media in regard to the recent league expansion saying, “we are thrilled with the addition of the West Virginia Roughriders for 2020. West Virginia brings us a quality team with excellent ownership. They are a fantastic addition to the NAL’s east coast footprint.”
The Jacksonville Sharks also announced the signing of Fullback Alstevis Squirewell and Offensive Lineman Mike Williams.
Fullback Alstevis Squirewell (6’0, 265) rejoins the Sharks for his second season of arena football and second season with the Jacksonville Sharks. Last season, Squirewell led the NAL with 60 rushes for 189 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also proved to be very successful in the Sharks passing game, receiving seven catches for 70 yards and one touchdown. In the postseason, Squirewell caught a crucial two-point conversion in the championship game against the Carolina Cobras. Following the end of the 2019 season, Squirewell received First Team All-NAL honors. Prior to the Sharks, Squirewell signed with the Green Bay Packers for the 2016 rookie minicamp.
Williams (6’5,330) has signed with the Jacksonville Sharks for his second season of arena football, both with the Sharks.