Friday, March 4, 2011

Bryan Sheldon signs with the Cleveland Gladiators

Troy’s Fighting Irish fullback Bryan Sheldon (#36) signed Wednesday March 2, 2011 with the Cleveland Gladiators (#58) of the Arena Football League (AFL). Bryan was signed to the thirty-six man pre-season roster as linebacker / fullback and will be playing in the Gladiators pre-season game this Friday March 4, 2011 at the Pittsburgh Power.

The Gladiators will have to reduce their roster size to just twenty-four before the regular season AFL starts so only time will tell if Bryan makes the final roster. But for now he is a professional player playing in a professional league and either way it is a tremendous accomplishment for him!

Bryan was new to the Fighting Irish this year and was a great addition to the offense at fullback. In his twelve games this season he had 63-412 yards and 9 touchdowns rushing an averaged of 6.5 a carry with one catch for a 58 yard touchdown. He is a fullback with great size at 6'3 282lbs who is a powerful runner and blocker. This past season he was named NFA and MLFN 1st-team All-star and All-American.

Bryan is the first Troy’s Fighting Irish player to ever sign a professional contract and appear in a professional game.

Everyone at the Fighting Irish wishes him the best of luck and hopefully this is the first step in a long professional career. Congrats!!!

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