UFL Season Starts Tonight (10/08/09)

Posted: October 9, 2009 in Uncategorized
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UFL will begin tonight with the California Redwoods vs. Las Vegas Locomotives. With only 4 teams in the league it will surely be a short season, but I think it is a great way for players to prove that they have talent to be in the NFL, or still have enough to play in the NFL. Hopefully the UFL will make this known that this is basically a minor league league. I believe they will be successful if they own up to that fact, and promote it as such. The head coaches from all 4 franchises have all been highly successful coaches in the NFL at one time. They include Dennis Green (California Redwoods), Jim Fassel (Las Vegas Locomotives), Ted Cottrell (New York Sentinels), and Jim Haslett (Florida Tuskers). The 2 other franchises in the UFL are the New York Sentinels and the Florida Tuskers, who will square off against one another October 10th @ 7:00 EST and will be televised on HDnet. Tonight’s game between the Redwoods and Locomotives will start at 6:00 PST and will be televised on Verses Channel. Here are a few players from each off tonight’s teams that have had NFL experience.

CALIFORNIA REDWOODS :

*(RB)Obafemi Ayanbadejo
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 1997 and played during the 1997-98 seasons; has played for the Baltimore Ravens (1999-01), Miami Dolphins (2002-03), Arizona Cardinals (2004-06) and Chicago Bears (2007). Super Bowl champion (XXXV) with the Baltimore Ravens. Career rushing totals of 123 carries, 413 yards (3.4 avg.) and 5 touchdowns. Receiving career totals of 130 catches, 885 yards (6.8 avg), and 3 touchdowns and over 120 special teams tackles in his career.

*(QB)Shane Boyd
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He has been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers (2006), Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe (2006), Arizona Cardinals (2006-07), Houston Texans (2007-08) and Montreal Alouettes (2009). With the Cologne Centurions, became NFL Europe’s single season record holder (339 yds) and single game record holder (122 yds) for rushing yards for QB breaking both records held by John Kitna. Finished the season completing 100 of 185 passes for 1,139 yards and five touchdowns.

*(DT)Chris Cooper
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 6th round of the 2001 NFL Draft, spent 2001-03 with Oakland before being traded to the Dallas Cowboys on 9/11/04. Was released by the Dallas Cowboys on 11/2/04 and signed by San Francisco 49ers on 11/9/04. Was placed on injured reserve for the 2005 season and signed with the Seattle Seahawks on 5/8/05. Released by Seattle on 9/22/06 and signed by the Arizona Cardinals on 9/26/06 and remained on team until early 2008. Resigned with the Seattle Seahawks for the 2008 season. Career statistics: 132 tackles, 8.5 sacks for minus 53 yards, one interception, two forced fumbles, and eight passes defended.

*(P)Derrick Frost
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2003. Signed by the Baltimore Ravens (2003) and the Cleveland Browns (2003-04). With Browns, appeared in 16 games and totaled 85 punts for 3,404 yards (40.0 avg.) and a 35.4 net average. Signed by the Washington Redskins from 2005-07. Punted 317 times for 13,021 yards for a gross average of 41.1 and a net average of 36.5 in 62 games. Career totals are 365 punts, 15,042 total yards (13,276 net), 65 yd long, and 41.2 punt average (36.4 net avg.). Landed over 100 punts inside the 20-yard line.

*(TE)Nate Lawrie
Professional Career Highlights: Five years NFL experience; drafted 6th round by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004; two seasons with Tampa Bay; one season with the New Orleans Saints; two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals; 26 games with five starts; four receptions for 43 yards.

*(QB)Mike McMahon
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 5th round of the 2001 NFL Draft, spent 2001-04 with Detroit. Signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 and the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. Signed with the Toronto Argonauts in 2007 and traded the same year to the Montréal Alouettes. Started 14 of 29 games at QB, 229 completions, 2,867 total passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, 7 rushing touchdowns, and 409 total rushing yards.

*(WR)B.J. Sams
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and played the 2004-07 seasons. Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. Sporting News First-team All-Pro (2005). NFL career totals for kick returns were 147 returns for 3,341 yards (22.7 avg) and punt returns 128 returns for 1,378 (10.8 avg) and 2 touchdowns.

*(WR)Bobby Sippio
Professional Career Highlights: Was with the Greensboro Prowlers of the af2 before joining the Dallas Desperados of the AFL in 2004; af2 Ironman of the Year in 2003; joined the Miami Dolphins in 2004; also played on the Tampa Bay Storm and the Chicago Rush; signed with Kansas City Chiefs in 2007.

*(LB)Dontarrious Thomas
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft; played with the Vikings 2004-2008; briefly with the 49ers in 2008; re-signed with the Vikings in 2008.

*(S)Marviel Underwood
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers; appeared in all 16 games for the Packers in 2005; was briefly signed by the Denver Broncos in 2007 and the Oakland Raiders in 2008.

LAS VEGAS LOCOMOTIVES :

*(QB)J.P. Losman
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Buffalo Bills 22nd overall in the 2004 NFL Draft; in Losman’s first professional start he led the Bills to a 22-7 victory over the Houston Texans in 2005; in 2006 he threw 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 games, with 300-yard games against the New York Jets and Houston Texans; was rated the 11th best passer in the NFL with a 84.9 passer rating in 2006; on October 28, 2007 Losman led the Bills on two consecutive scoring drives, including one that ended with an 85-yard touchdown pass to WR Lee Evans; was a member of the Buffalo Bills from 2004 to 2008.

*(TE)Adam Bergen
Professional Career Highlights: Career NFL stats include 43 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns in 2005 and 2006 playing for the Arizona Cardinals; member of the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos practice squads in 2007, 2008 and 2009

*(OL)Wendell Bryant
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round(12th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft; played with the Cardinals during the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons.

*(OL)Frank Davis
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2006; first Panamanian to earn a spot on an NFL active roster; became the first Panamanian to start and play in an NFL game in the history of the league in 2006.

*(RB)DeDe Dorsey
Professional Career Highlights: Played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007.

*(WR)David Kircus
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 6th round(175th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft; member of the Detroit Lions in 2003 and 2004, Denver Broncos in 2006, and Miami Dolphins in 2008; totaled 15 receptions for 308 yards and 1 touchdown in his NFL career.

*(LB)Teddy Lehman
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft; member of the Detroit Lions from 2004- 2007; totaled 151 tackles in his NFL career; was the only rookie linebacker in the NFL to start all 16 games in 2004, also logged a total of 1,225 plays (1,054 on defense, 171 on special teams), and finished the 2004 season with 102 tackles (second-highest total on the team).

*(TE)John Madsen
Professional Career Highlights: Converted from WR to TE for the Oakland Raiders. Played with Oakland from 2006-2008. First career TD at San Diego Chargers.

*(DE)Josh Mallard
Professional Career Highlights: Played a total of 37 career games between the Colts, Falcons, Broncos and Bengals. In his career, Mallard completed 35 solo tackles and 8.5 sacks totaling 38 yards.

*(LB)Brandon Moore
Professional Career Highlights: Played with the San Francisco 49ers from 2002-2007; played 88 games in his six year pro career, making 244 total tackles and 15 sacks.

*(OL)Jeremy Parquet
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft. Since then, Jeremy has been on the roster of the Rams, the Hamburg Sea Devils and most recently (2008) the Steelers. Played 2 games with the Steelers in 2008.

*(CB)Tony Parrish
Professional Career Highlights: Selected in the second round (35th overall) by the Chicago Bears in the 1998 NFL Draft. Played the first four years with Chicago before then being signed by the San Francisco 49ers, where he had his two best seasons. Had seven interceptions in 2002 and tied with highest in NFL with nine interceptions in 2003. Joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and finished NFL career with 649 tackles, five sacks, 30 interceptions and two touchdowns.

*(WR)Tab Perry
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted in the sixth round(190th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals; member of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2005-2007 and the Miami Dolphins in 2008; totaled 10 catches for 109 yards and one touchdown while also rushing the ball six times for 22 yards and one touchdown in his NFL career.

*(QB)Tim Rattay
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted in the 7th round(212th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers; member of the San Francisco 49ers from 2000-2005, Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2005-2006, Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals in 2007; holds the San Francisco 49ers’ record for most completions in a game with 37; appeared in a total of 40 NFL games in his career, passing for 4,853 yards and 31 touchdowns.

*(LB)Gary Stills
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft; member of the Cheifs from 1999-2005; selected to the Pro Bowl in 2003;also a member of the Baltimore Ravens from 2006-2007 and St. Louis Rams in 2008.

*(OL)Tarvares Washington
Professional Career Highlights: Played in 7 games for NFL Europa team Reign Fire in 2007. Washington Signed with San Francisco 49ers in 2006, was released and signed with Washington Redskins in 2008. Signed with Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 was released and signed with the LV Locomotives.

*(WR)Samie Parker
Played for Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, and Oakland Raiders.

**Source : UFL-FOOTBALL.COM

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