NEPA Miners Football Team Asked to Host Pro Tryouts in Scranton

Downtown — By on November 16, 2007 at 8:26 am

The North East PA Miners, our areas newest minor league football team has been awarded the only professional tryout of the All American Football League (AAFL) in the state of Pennsylvania.

The All-American Football League is a newly forming Professional Football League operated by former NCAA executives looking to bring the college atmosphere to the professional game. This is a great opportunity for our areas athletes to play in a professional football league,” said Miners Owner and Head Coach Dan LaMagna. The AAFL will open its inaugural season in the spring with most teams hosting their games at major Division 1A universities. The Miners are proud to bring the event to Scranton while other tryouts are being hosted in major cities such as Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, St. Louis and Seattle. The league has already signed former Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Clint Stoerner and recently had former Nebraska Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch tryout at the Detroit Combine. “One of our organizational goals is to improve football and sport in our area, bringing a professional tryout to our area is a big step,” said LaMagna. North Eastern Pennsylvania is rich in football talent, with strong high school and college programs and a strong history of minor league football. “Hopefully we can move some local talent to the next level while also recruiting some players for the 2008 Miners,” noted LaMagna. The NEPA Miners are building off of an impressive 8-4 first season in the North American Football League (NAFL) with Donnie Jackson-Bey breaking the all-time minor league rushing record, Defensive End Malcolm Singleton recording a league high 20 sacks and Offensive Tackle Sean Hill signing with the WBS Pioneers. “Hopefully we will get Jackson-Bey back for one more season and build around players like Singleton to make a run at the title next season,” added LaMagna. The NEPA Miners have also strengthened their management this season with the recent addition of Vice President of Development and Public Relations Carmon Flynn. Flynn stated, “This is a huge opportunity for the Miners and a real plus for the community. With Scranton being so strategically located in the Northeast, we feel this event will be a major draw. This equates to increased income for area businesses.” The tryout will be held on Saturday November 17th to accommodate the AAFL, registration is 11:30am at the Riverfront Sports Complex in Scranton. The tryout will run from 12pm – 3pm with events such as the 40 yard dash, standing broad jump, L shuttle drill and most importantly positional drills and 7 on 7 pass drills. Visions Fitness will stretch and warm up the group while Ultra Sonic Sports will host the combine. Players trying out for AAFL must sign up at www.AllAmericanFootballLeague.com Returning NEPA Miners Players should participate, $30 tryout fee for new players trying out for Miners only. All players will get a SPARQ rating, details at http://www.sparqtraining.com/home.php The NEPA Miners will also be hosting their Awards Dinner Friday November 30th at the Regal Room in Olyphant, more details on the Awards Dinner and the All American Football League Tryout can be found at www.nepaminers.com

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