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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On the Inside

An email from one of our athletic communications alums - Mike Vail - regarding former Minnesota State players in the Arena Football League spurred this post.

Dating back to the early 1970's MSU has had a handful of former football players play in the various professional football leagues including Kreg Kapitan (went to camp with Minnesota in the NFL 1972-73 and played with Calgary in the CFL), Marty Kranz (went to camp with the Chicago Bears in 1974 and 1975) and Bob Bruer (after getting drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1975, he played with the Chicago Bears in 1976, Saskatchewan of the CFL in 1978 and 1979 and the Vikings from 1980-84).  Then, the following years saw a number of players accept invitations to camps with NFL teams with some playing in the CFL before receiver Tywan Mitchell had a couple of years of action with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals from 2000-2002.  Offensive lineman Adrian Battles won a Super Bowl ring this year as a practice squad member of the Green Bay Packers.

In the last decade, several former Mavericks have continued playing on the gridiron following their collegiate careers by hooking up with teams in the AFL2 and the UIFL in the indoor professional football ranks.

A recent gander of the current rosters of teams in the Arena Football League produced the names of two former Mavericks. End Colin Bryant, who played for MSU 1999-2000 under the guidance of Dan Runkle,  is a member of the Tulsa Talons.  Speedster Kelvin Rogers, who holds MSU records for career punt and kick-off return yards and played for the Mavericks from 2006-09, is toiling as a defensive back/wide receiver with the Milwaukee Mustangs.  The AFL regular-season schedule runs from April until the end of July.

It's great to be a Maverick!

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