Archive for October 12, 2009

A couple of days ago, UFL made it’s debut and before its debut game between the California Redwoods and the Las Vegas Locomotives, I posted players from both of those teams that you may have heard of. It’s been a crazy weekend and I wasn’t able to post as much as I would have liked to, so I will try to do a little catching up on it. 2 words for the crazy weekend…..Bachelor Party (I’m sure you’d agree with me when I say that is a good reason). So here are the notable players from the two other franchises in the UFL.


*(RB)Tatum Bell
Professional Career Highlights: Selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round (41st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft; professional career got off to a difficult start after he fractured his right middle finger during his first day of training camp July 31, but Bell recovered in time to see action on special teams in his NFL debut vs. Kansas City (9/12); during his rookie year he led all AFC rookies (4th among NFL rookies) with 396 rushing yards on 75 carries (5.3 avg.) with three touchdowns in 14 regular-season games (0 starts) and caught five passes for 80 yards (16.0 avg.); in his second professional season, Bell rushed 173 times for a career-best 921 yards (5.3 avg.) with eight touchdowns while adding 18 receptions for 104 yards (5.8 avg.) in 15 regular-season games (1 start) for the Broncos; his 921-yard rushing performance ranked 11th in the AFC (19th in NFL) and helped Denver boast the league’s second-best rushing attack (158.7 ypg.); in 2006, his first season as the starting running back, Bell amassed 1,025 yards and two touchdowns on 233 carries (4.4 avg.), including five 100-yard outings, while catching 24 passes for 115 yards in 12 games (12 starts); ranked ninth in the conference and 22nd in the league in rushing; was traded to the Detroit Lions in 2007; rushed 44 times for 182 yards (4.1 avg.) and 1 touchdown during the 2007 season, and caught 14 passes for 63 yards; re-signed with the Broncos in 2008 appearing in seven games rushing 44 times for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns.

*(LB)Colby Bockwoldt
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft; started seven games for the Saints in 2004 recording 46 tackles (40 solo, 6 assists, 1 sack); started all 16 games for the Saints in 2005, recording 89 tackles (60 solo, 29 assists); signed a 1-year deal with the Tennessee Titans in 2006; played in all 16 games (starting one game) for the Titans, recording 21 tackles (14 solo, 7 assists, 1 sack); signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2007, was released on September 1st, later signing with the Cleveland Browns in December; played in one game for the Browns recording 2 tackles, both solo.

*(QB)Brooks Bollinger
Professional Career Highlights: Sixth round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2003; saw his first NFL action on Nov. 28 2004 as he replaced an injured Quincy Carter to complete 5 of 9 passed for 60 yards in a win over Arizona; played in 11 games, with nine starts in 2005, completing 150 of 266 passes (56.4 percent) for 1,558 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions; recorded a career best vs. Miami in Week 15, completing 28 of 42 passes for 327 yards, a touchdown and passer rating of 106.0; went 2-7 as a starter with the Jets; acquired by Minnesota in a 2006 preseason trade that reunited him with Head Coach Brad Childress, his offensive coordinator at Wisconsin; played in two games that season for the Vikings, completing 13 of 18 passes (72.2 percent) for 146 yards with no touchdowns and one interception; saw action in 5 games, including one start, in 2007, amassing 391 yards on 33 of 50 passing, a touchdown and one interception; completed 211 of 360 passes for 2,226 yards and nine touchdowns over six years in the NFL

*(CB)Fakhir Brown
Professional: Brown began his career in 1998 playing one season for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He recorded 13 tackles and had 1 interception in that season. Brown was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 1999. He spent three weeks on the Chargers practice squad and was then signed to the active roster. He played in nine games with three starts and recorded 30 tackles. In 2000 Brown started eight of nine games he appeared in for the Chargers recording 35 tackles and one interception before a shoulder injury ended his season. Brown was signed in 2002 by the Oakland Raiders, but was released before the start of the season. He was signed in July of that year by the New Orleans Saints and appeared in twelve games with 20 tackles. Brown played in all sixteen games for the Saints in 2003 recording 34 tackles. He started all sixteen games for the Saints in 2004 making 54 tackles, with 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. In 2005 Brown started four of the twelve games that he appeared in and had 34 tackles. In 2006 he signed with the St. Louis Rams and started each of the fourteen games he appeared in recording 66 tackles, 1 sack and 3 interceptions. He started twelve games for the Rams in 2007 recording 47 tackles, 4 interceptions and scoring one touchdown on a return. Brown was released by the Rams before the 2008 season, but was resigned by them several weeks later. He started eleven of the thirteen games he played in recording 45 tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception.

*(DB)Jerome Carter
Professional: Carter was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft, 117th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in 2005 out of Florida State University. He played 14 games in 2005 with the Rams recording 38 tackles, including a career high 12 tackles against the Houston Texans on 11-27-05. Carter played in 14 games with St. Louis in 2006 with 17 solo tackles, one assist and 2 interceptions. Carter participated in five games with the Rams in 2007 with 2 solo tackles before being placed on injured reserve with a fractured foot. He was resigned by St. Louis as an unrestricted free agent on 30-12-2008 and released by the Rams on 08-29-2008. He was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys on 01-12-09. Carter participated in organized team activities with the Cowboys, but was released on 08-05-09.

*(LB)Patrick Chukwurah
Professional Career Highlights: Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft; during his rookie season, played in all 16 games, with three starts, while recording nine tackles and 2 1/2 sacks; when he made his NFL debut on September 9, 2001, he became the first Vikings rookie linebacker to start a game since Dewayne Rudd in 1997 and the first to start the opener since Roy Winston in 1962; was acquired by the Houston Texans in 2003 but was released prior to the start of the regular season; spent the 2004-2006 seasons with Denver, playing in 14 games in each of his three seasons with the Broncos; was a part of the a Broncos team that faced Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship game on January 22, 2006; during his final season in Denver, converted to defensive end and made his first career start in that position in the team’s Week 1 contest; signed with Tamp Bay in 2007 as a free agent; in two years with the Buccaneers, played in just nine games.

*(DE)Josh Cooper
Professional Career Highlights: Cooper spent three season in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and News Orleans Saints where he saw time on both the defensive line and special teams; joined San Francisco as a free agent in 2004 and played in two games that season; the defensive end joined the New Orleans in 2006 and appeared in five games, with one start; saw most action of his career in 2007 as he played in 13 games , with two starts, for the Saints; over his professional career, recorded 24 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and one pass defensed.

*(OL)Anthony Davis
Professional Career Highlights: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 2003; made debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004; played in 47 regular season games, including 32 starts; started all 16 regular season games for the Bucs in 2005-06 and 2006-07; also was signed to the St. Louis Rams

*(WR)Jayson Foster
Professional: Foster was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2008; waived by Miami 8/30/08; signed by Miami (practice squad) 9/1/08; waived by Miami 9/2/08; signed by Pittsburgh (practice squad) 10/14/08; waived by Pittsburgh 11/6/08; signed by Denver (practice squad) 11/26/08 and waived on 4/28/09; re-signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on 5/1/09; released by the Steelers again on June 18, 2009; signed with the Baltimore Ravens on 7/28/09 and was one of the final cuts on 9/5/09

*(WR)Chas Gessner
Professional Career Highlights: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots and received a ring from Super Bowl XXXVIII; following his stint with the Patriots, helped the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe win the World Bowl in 2004 and was named to the All-NFL Europe team; after a brief stint with the New York Jets , joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006; joined the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League in 2008 where he earned the Rookie of the Month honor for March; signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 to a two-year deal; later resigned with the Orlando Predators and scored three touchdowns in a 69-66 playoff loss to the Cleveland Gladiators.

*(TE)Keith Heinrich
Professional Career Highlights: A sixth-round (174th overall) draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2002 NFL Draft; has been a member of a total of four NFL teams, Cleveland Browns (2003 – 2005), Miami Dolphins (2006), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006 – 2007) and Baltimore Ravens (2008); played in 22 career games with three starts; has recorded nine career receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns; recorded one kickoff return for three yards; athletic tight end who can be utilized in both the running and passing game.

*(S)Dexter Jackson
Professional: Jackson was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft, number 113 overall, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1999; spent four seasons on the Tampa Bay roster, starting every game in 2002, helping the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl appearance; earned Super Bowl MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXVII for Tampa Bay in their 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in which Jackson had two interceptions; signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2003 and spent two seasons on their roster; was released by Arizona in October 2004 after spending time on the injured reserve with a back injury; returned to Tampa Bay for the 2005 and 2006 seasons; signed by the Cincinnati Bengals prior to the 2006 season and spent three seasons on their roster; was placed on injured reserve by Bengals in October 2008 ending his season and was released from the team in March 2009; has 433 career tackles, 17 career interceptions and five career sacks.

*(LB)Terrence Melton
Professional Career Highlights: Played five seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens; finished with 53 total tackles, with a career high of 28 in 15 games with the Saints in 2005; played in all 16 games for the first time in his career during the 2006 season as a member of the Saints; Made his professional football debut with the Houston Thunderbears of the Arena Football League (AFL), where he was selected for the AFL All-Rookie Team in 2000; following his time in the AFL, played for Saskatchewan RoughRiders of the Canadian Football League before joining the Falcons in 2004.

*(OL)Rob Petitti
Professional Career Highlights: Sixth round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2005; started all 16 games for Dallas in 2005 – becoming just the second rookie in Cowboys history to start the season opener; joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and saw action in one game; signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2007 and appeared in five contests; over three seasons in the NFL, started 17 of the 22 games in which he played

*(FB)Andrew Pinnock
Professional: Pinnock was chosen in the seventh round of the NFL draft, number 229 overall, by the San Diego Chargers in 2003; served as backup fullback for Lorenzo Neal with the Chargers and played on special teams as well; appeared in 41 games and had three starts with the Chargers from 2003 to 2007; signed by the Denver Broncos in November 2008 and saw limited action; was released by Denver in April of 2009.

*(RB)Michael Pittman
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted in the fourth round (135 overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals; appeared in 51 games for Arizona from 1998-2001, gaining 1,945 yards and scoring 11 rushing touchdowns while collecting 131 receptions for 1,039 yards and 2 touchdowns; joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 and amassed 718 yards rushing and 477 yards receiving in that first season with Tampa Bay; rushed for 124 yards on 29 carries in the Buccaneers’ 48-21 Super Bowl XXXVII victory over the Oakland Raiders; had a career high 926 yards rushing in 2004 with Tampa Bay, highlighted by a 78-yard run for a touchdown against Kansas City on Sept. 11 – set a record for the longest run in Buccaneers’ history; signed as a free agent on in May 2008 by the Denver Broncos; rushed for 320 yards on 76 carries before a neck injury ended his season; on his NFL career, he appeared in 151 NFL games, recoding 25 rushing touchdowns on 5,627 yards and catching 8 touchdowns with 425 receptions for 3,512 yards

*(P)Todd Sauerbrun
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round (56th overall) of 1995 NFL draft; has punted for the Bears (1995-99), Kansas City Chiefs (2000), Carolina Panthers (2001-04) Denver Broncos (2005 & 2007) and New England Patriots (2006); has played in 178 career games and averaged 44.1 yards per punt, totaling 39,208 yards on 889 kicks; has placed 264 punts inside the 20-yard line; over a six-year span from 2000-05, he ranked second in the NFL with a 45.1-yard gross punting average and led the league over that time with a 37.3-yard net punting average; was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad for three straight seasons from 2001-03 and was named a first team Associated Press All-Pro on two occasions (2001, 2002) and earned second team honors once (2003); while with the Carolina Panthers from 2001-03, led the NFC in gross punting average each season, becoming the first player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to lead his conference in punting for three consecutive years.

*(DE)Darrion Scott
Professional Career Highlights: Third round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2004; played in 12 games in his rookie season, recording 23 tackles; started in 15 of 16 games he appeared in during the 2005 season and set a career-high in tackles with 58; saw action in all 16 regular season games, with 13 starts, in 2006; was injured for season in 2007 after three games; on his professional career, has amassed 128 tackles (77 solo) 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and six pass deflections.

*(OL)Charles Spencer
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft; after two games with the Texans in the 2006 season, he suffered a broken leg and was out for the year; missed the entire 2007 season due to this injury; was released on July 22, 2008; a day after being waived by the Texans, he was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers; was waived again on August 7 with the Panthers; signed with the Jaguars on Sept. 3 to provide depth along the offensive line; was waived on December 21 without having played a game for the Jaguars; re-signed to a future contract by the Jaguars on January 12, 2009; was released on April 29, 2009.

*(LB)Odell Thurman
Professional Career Highlights: Second round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2005; an NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate in his rookie season, started in 15 of the 16 games in which he played, recording 98 tackles, 1.5 sacks and five interceptions throughout his NFL career.

*(OL)Seth Wand
Professional Career Highlights: Third round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2003; over six professional seasons, played in 53 games with 18 starts; spent the first three seasons of his career with the Texans, where he played in every regular season game but three; joined the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and saw action in seven contests; signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2008 and played in one game; has played in 52 league games with 18 starts during his pro career.

*(TE)Jermaine Wiggins
Professional Career Highlights: Undrafted out of Georgia, signed with the New York Jets in 2000 where he played in 11 games; signed with New England near the end of 2000 and started two of the remaining four games for the Patriots, catching 16 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown; played with New England through 2002, winning Super Bowl XXXVI in 2001; signed with Indianapolis following the season and played the 2002 campaign with the Colts; joined Carolina for two seasons, 2002 – 2003, winning a NFC Championship in 2003; signed with Minnesota in 2004 and had a breakout season, recording career-best 71 receptions for 705 yards and four touchdowns; led the Vikings in receptions in 2004 and 2005 (69); joined Jacksonville in 2007 but was released during the preseason; on pro career, has 236 receptions for 2,141 yards

*(DT)Claude Wroten
Professional Career Highlights: Taken by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft; spent two seasons with the Rams, playing in 26 games and recording 24 tackles, 2 sacks and two forced fumbles.


*(FB)Charles Ali
Professional Career Highlights: Charles was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fall of 2007 and was a member of the team until 2009. He played in 28 games with the Cleveland Browns.

*(TE)Charles Davis
Professional Career Highlights: Drafted in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers; member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers in 2006, New York Giants in 2006 and 2007 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007.

*(LB)Alfred Fincher
Professional Career Highlights: Fincher was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2006, Fincher played in six games for the New Orleans Saints and recorded nine tackles. Fincher played in seven games for the New Orleans Saints in 2007, recording three tackles. Fincher has also been a member of the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins.

*(QB)Quinn Gray
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2002; allocated to the NFL Europe and lead the Frankfurt Galaxy to win World Bowl XI in 2003; played for the Jaguars in 2005, 2006 and 2007; became an unrestricted free agent following the 2007 season; on March 24, 2008, the Houston Texans signed Gray to a one year contract but was later released by the team on June 9; then he signed with the Indianapolis Colts but was released on August 30, 2008; on October 22, 2008 he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs; released on March 11, 2009, has played in 12 games in his NFL career, completing 108 passes for 1326 yards and 13 touchdowns

*(OL)Steve Justice
Professional Career Highlights: Justice was drafted by the Indianapolis Cults in 2008. In the 2008 season he played in eight regular season games and saw action on special teams and short-yardage package in the Wild Card Playoffs.

*(QB)Ingle Martin
Professional Career Highlights: Martin was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft. Martin has also been a member of the Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.

*(P)Tom Malone
Professional Career Highlights: Malone was signed to the 49ers in May 2006 and after being waived was latter signed to the New England Patriots.

*(DE)Simeon Rice
Professional Career Highlights: Rice was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, third overall, in the 1996 NFL Draft. In his 12-year NFL career, Rice record 122 sacks, earned three Pro Bowl selections and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. Rice was also the second fastest player to achieve 100 career sacks. He has also played for the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.

*(WR)Steve Sanders
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent in on May 4, 2006; added to the active roster on September 6, 2008; was waived on October 6, 2008; was re-signed to the team’s practice squad on October 8, 2008 and then promoted to the Browns’ active roster on November 1, 2008; after finishing the 2008 season the Browns’ practice squad, he signed a future contract with the Detroit Lions on January 7, 2009 but was waived on May 4, 2009

*(RB)Cecil Sapp
Professional Career Highlights: Signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May 8, 2003; played for the Denver Broncos from 2003-2007; played for the Houston Texans in 2008; has appeared in 61 games in his NFL career, his career totals include 51 rushes for 220 yards and two rushing touchdowns as well as 24 receptions for 102 yards and five receiving touchdowns.

*(WR)Craphonso Thorpe
Professional Career Highlights: He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Thorpe has also been a member of the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

*(RB)LaBrandon Toefield
Professional Career Highlights: Toefield was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. For the Jaguars, he played in 43 games with career totals of 150 rushes for 545 yards and six touchdowns along with 45 receptions for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He totaled 17 career kickoff returns for 305 yards and threw a pass to Marc Edwards for 32 yards in 2003. He recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game in 2005 with 102 yards against Tennessee, and tied Greg Jones for team-lead with four rushing touchdowns in 2005. He was rated the sixth-highest drafted running back ever by Jaguars. Toefield was later signed to the Carolina Panthers in 2008.

*(LB)Rian Wallace
Professional Career Highlights: Wallace was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2006, he played in the final 12 games of the season, primarily on special teams and posted his first career interception and returned it 30 yards for a score, finishing with one defensive tackle and nine special teams tackles against Miami. He has also been a member of the Washington Redskins.


Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Colts : (QB)Peyton Manning passes to (WR)Reggie Wayne for a TD
Colts : (RB)Joseph Addai rushes for a TD
Titans : (K)Rob Bironas kicks 3 Field Goals in the first half
Colts : (QB)Peyton Manning passes to (WR)Austin Collie for a TD
Colts : (QB)Peyton Manning passes to (WR)Austin Collie for a TD