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UFL returns with four teams, different game days

 

The United Football League announced that it will be returning for its fourth season with just four teams playing eight games each.

The teams are the Las Vegas Locomotives, Virginia Destroyers, Omaha Nighthawks and Sacramento Mountain Lions.

The league kicks off the nine-week season on September 19.

(courtesy of UFL via wikipedia commons)

The league championship game is November 16.

The UFL will play games on Wednesdays and Fridays to avoid competing against the NFL and college football.

 

Info compiled from UFL, Radio & TV news

Troy Smith signs with Steelers

 

Troy Smith with Baltimore Ravens in 2008 (photo by Saquan Simpson via wikipedia commons)

Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, a 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, has been signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2007-2009, beating the Steelers as a rookie starter in 2007.

Smith spent 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006. He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame.

In winning the 2006 Heisman, Smith took 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that has not been broken. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the USC (2,541 votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O. J. Simpson who also played for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.

Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) and Eddie George (1995) as Ohio State Heisman winners.

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011. An injury to fellow Heisman Trophy-winner Eric Crouch in the season opener, opened the door for Smith to become the starter, though the Nighthawks decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli who had been with the team longer.

Smith’s first UFL start came in Omaha’s final game of the season, a 25-19 loss to the Mountain Lions of Sacramento in the consolation round of the postseason. In the game, Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, including a 81-yard touchdown pass to Chad Lucas.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Ohio State, United Football League & Wikipedia news

RB Ahman Green has retired as a Green Bay Packer

 

Ahman Green in August 2003 (photo by Jeramey Jannene via wikipedia commons)

Ahman Green has decided to retire from the NFL as a Green Bay Packers player.

Green, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, made his retirement announcement official at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

Green will not be away from the game completely.

The 34-year-old native of Omaha, Nebraska and Nebraska Cornhuskers star will be a sideline analyst for the Big Ten network this season. He also will be doing some volunteer high school coaching this fall in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area.

Green played last season in the United Football League for his hometown Omaha Nighthawks.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

Ex-Huskers star signs with AFL’s Omaha team

 

Eric Crouch (courtesy of Nebraska athletics)

Eric Crouch, who won the 2001 Heisman Trophy with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, has signed a contract with the Omaha Nighthawks of the AFL.

During his Heisman season, he was unbelievable, completing 105 of 189 passes for 1,510 yards and 7 touchdowns. On the ground, He ran for 1,115 yards and 18 TD’s.

The 32-year-old Crouch was a third-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2002. He was on the roster of three NFL teams, but never played a game, Green Bay, Kansas City and Los Angeles Rams.  He last played in 2006 in the Canadian Football League, with the Toronto Argonauts.

Crouch has seen action with the Hamburg Sea Devils and Team Texas.

 

compiled from staff,  Nebraska news, AFL & Omaha Nighthawks news

 

Maurice Clarett helps Omaha Nighthawks to win in opening game.

Omaha Nighthawks (UFL photo)

Maurice Clarett had a nice return to football. He had a short kickoff return and almost blocked a punt in his first football game since leading the Ohio State Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship.

His teammate Jeff Garcia, had a 12-yard touchdown pass to another former NFL veteran Robert Ferguson with just 6 seconds remaining to lift the Omaha Nighthawks to a 27-26 United football League win over Hartford before a nice crowd of 23,067 fans.

compiled from staff & United Football League news

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