There’s Nothing Wrong With Playing a Little Arena Football to Keep Your Dream Alive


I’ve found that a lot of guys don’t want to play in the Arena Football League (AFL)  for whatever reason.

Granted, AFL players only make $400 a week, but if your goal is to play in the NFL, and you ain’t getting  looks from the NFL, CFL, or UFL , you should consider giving the AFL a shot, ‘cuz playing in the AFL’s a lot better than not playing at all, and having a gap in your pro experience.

Trust me, I know.  Besides, there’s more Arena football players in the NFL than you may know.

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Stylez G. White (formerly Greg White, Jr.) spent 2 seasons with the Orlando Predators of the AFL before returning to the NFL with Tampa Bay in 2007. (Image – ICON Sports)

Let’s look at some of them that have made the jump over the past few years that are still active in the NFL.

Jay Feely (K – Arizona Cardinals) – Played two seasons in the AFL with the Florida Bobcats and Tampa Bay Storm.

Matt Bryant (K – Atlanta Falcons) – Played two seasons with the Iowa Barnstormers

Rashied Davis –  (WR – Chicago Bears)  – Spent four seasons as a WR/DB with the San Jose SaberCats

Chris Greisen (QB – Dallas Cowboys)  – Played five seasons in the AFL with the Dallas Desperados, Georgia Force and Milwaukee Iron

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Troy Bergeron (WR – Dallas Cowboys)  – Spent three seasons with the Georgia Force

Isaiah Trufant (DB – Philadelphia Eagles)  – Played for the Spokane Shock, Kansas City Brigade and Arizona Rattlers

Fabrizio Scaccia (K – San Francisco 49ers) – Kicked for the Arizona Rattlers in 2010

Tony Wragge (G – San Francisco 49ers) – Played with the Los Angeles Avengers during the 2005 season

Stylez G. White (DE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Played two seasons as an OL/DL with the Orlando Predators

Rob Bironas (K – Tennessee Titans) – Spent two seasons in the AFL with the Carolina Cobras and New York Dragons

Anthony Armstrong (WR – Washington Redskins) – Spent 2007 and 2008 with the Dallas Desperados

Mike Furrey (WR – Washington Redskins) – Played for the New York Dragons in 2002 and 2003

>>Related: Get Cut by an NFL Team? Consider these Other Pro Football Leagues.

Moral of the story: if you’re hanging onto that NFL dream, and the Arena League is your only chance at staying active and having up-to-date film, you’d be wise to take advantage. Besides, pro teams frown on players that have gaps in professional experience on their resume.

If playing in the Arena League was your only choice, would you do it?

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