The IFL runs a great piece today highlighting the NFL players that got a push from teams in the premier indoor league. The most prominent name on the list is Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson.
Jackson spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Sioux City Bandits. Judging by his success with the Bills, it's fair to say the IFL team played an integral role in developing Jackson into a great NFL player. With the Bills last season, he compiled an impressive total of 1,000 yards rushing as well as 1,000 kick return yards in just a single season in the NFL. In recognition of this achievement, Jackson’s No. 22 jersey will hang in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, for the 2010 season.
Washington Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong is another alum of an IFL team in the big league. Armstrong cut his teeth with the Odessa Roughnecks in 2006, playing for the team that was owned and operated by current IFL Commissioner Tommy Benizio.
“Anthony was a standout in Odessa,” stated Benizio, “I am not surprised that he has taken his talents to the next level.”
Meanwhile, Green Bay Blizzard standout Maurice Simpkins joined the cross-town Packers this season. Simpkins has a new contract with the Green Bay Packers to be on the practice squad for the 2010 season. Simpkins was voted as Most Improved Player of the Year in the Indoor Football League for the 2010 season.
“His speed and defensive presence was a great asset to the Blizzard, and key to his moving up to the next level”, said IFL Director of Football Operations Mike Allshouse.
The Indoor Football League dedicates most of its efforts to providing an exciting and enjoyable experience to its fans, but still stays consistent in promoting players to the next level.
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