With Thanksgiving only a day away, it’s time to stop and realize what we are all thankful for. For me, the first thing that comes to mind is obvious; the existence of the AFL and the UFL. Here’s a quick roundup of what Penn Staters have been doing in these leagues since October. Read more…
This year’s AFL was suppose to be a coming out party for Penn Staters. As it stands now, however, quite the opposite has happened. Of the 4 players started the AFL offseason on rosters, 3 have already left the league. The sole Nittany Lion left standing in the AFL, defensive lineman Josh Gaines, was placed on injured reserve by the Pittsburgh Power due to an elbow injury. If I’m understanding AFL rules correctly, he is not automatically out for the entire season, but I’m not entirely sure on that one.
There are a few other Nittany Lions who have also lost their spots in the AFL. As I posted last week, quarterback Anthony Morelli was cut from the Pittsburgh Power after failing to win the backup role. Linebacker Tyrell Sales was reassigned by the Jacksonville Sharks, which I’m pretty sure is like being on a practice squad. The other Penn Stater in the AFL was AJ Wallace, but he signed with a Canadian Football League Team.
Former Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli’s football career is on the ropes. A few months after being signed to the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League, Morelli was cut after failing to win the backup QB position from Kevin McCabe. Morelli could potentially be signed by another AFL team, but that doesn’t seem likely. Before signing with the AFL, he spent time as a high school football coach so we could see a return to that.
Thanks to This Is Getting Old for the tip.
As predicted, another Nittany Lion has signed to play in the newly expanded Arena Football League. Former Penn State cornerback A.J. Wallace will play for the Georgia Force this upcoming season. Wallace went undrafted earlier this year and signed with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, but was unable to make the final roster. Wallace is the 5th player out of Penn State to join the AFL in the past month and will likely not be the last.
As the Arena Football League looks to return to prominence (relatively speaking) once again, former Penn State football players are looking to do the same. In the past month, quarterback Anthony Morelli (’08), offensive/defensive lineman Jerome Hayes (’09), defensive lineman Josh Gaines (’09), and linebacker Tyrell Sales (’09) have all been signed to “expansion” AFL teams. The league is undergoing a heavy transformation after it was forced to file bankruptcy in 2009 and subsequently suspend its operations. 4 teams have been added or returned to the league, so many roster spots are now open. So far, Morelli and Gaines have both been signed to the Pittsburgh Power, Sales to the Jacksonville Sharks, and Hayes to the Philadelphia Soul. Tryouts are ongoing, so I would not be surprised to see if a few more Penn Staters make their way onto AFL rosters.