Former GFL stars finding success in indoor football|
veröffentlicht am 29.Jul.2004 @ 10:29:18 von MEB
Two former Rhein Main Razorback players and their coach were honored yesterday, being named to that Atlantic Conference All Star team of the National Indoor Football League. Justin Peery and Scott Pingel who put up record numbers as members of the Rhein Main Razorbacks in 2001, teamed with former Razorback coach Mike Wyatt in leading the Show Me Believers to their best record in franchise history at 9-5. The season ended in the first-ever appearance by the team in the playoffs.
Peery was named as the All Conference quarterback while Pingel was selected as one of three All Conference wide Receivers.
Peery also walked away with one of the league’s top honors when he was selected as the Atlantic Conference Most Valuable Offensive Player. Joining Peery in one of the other top prizes was Believers Head Football Coach Mike Wyatt who was named as the Atlantic Conference All Star Coach. The NIFL does not pick an overall MVP or Coach of the Year, but rather, selects one for each of the two conferences, Atlantic and Pacific.
The trio had previously been named at Atlantic North Division All Stars along with offensive lineman Chase Denton and cornerback Rob Findley.
Scott Pingel continued his record setting career in 2004 by establishing a new NIFL record for receiving yards at 1,415 yards. He also added an NIFL record 118 catches, as well. Pingel led the receiving category through much of the 2004 season with the next highest competitor trailing his total by 337 yards. He was also the only receiver to go over the 100 mark in receptions while still averaging 12.0 yard per catch.
Pingel is no stranger to setting records. He still holds a number of receiving records in college football including the all-time career receiving mark while he was a 3 time NCAA III All American and Melberger Award winner at Westminster College.
Pingel repeated his All Conference distinction from 2003 when he was named as a NIFL Pacific Conference All Star. The Believers were in the Pacific North Division in 2003.
Justin Peery may have been a surprise to many this season, but most who knew the former Westminster star expected he’d make his mark if given the opportunity. Peery had played for the Believers in 2003, but did not get his start until the mid-season and was slowed by an injury late in the year. But, in 2004, Peery came out of the chutes as the starter and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
Peery led the NIFL in total offense with 3,555 yards and in passing offense at 3,227 yards. He was the only quarterback in the league to surpass 3,000 yards in either category in 2004. Peery also accounted for a mind-boggling 81 touchdowns, passing for 59 and rushing for 22.
Peery had also distinguished himself as a collegian at Westminster College where he was a two-time NCAA III All American. He also holds several college football records and ranks as the #3 all-time career passer, trailing Steve McNair and Ty Detmer in that list.
First year Believers Head Football Coach Mike Wyatt picked up honors as the Coach of Year in the Atlantic Conference by guiding the Believers to their best season in franchise history, going 9-5 and losing in the NIFL Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal Playoffs. The team had never won more than 4 games in any one season and was 7-33 prior to his arrival. Wyatt also developed and offense that set new NIFL records for total offense (4,277 yards), first downs (261) and non-kick scoring (716 points). The team also finished 2nd in passing offense, 3rd in scoring offense, and 6th in rushing offense.
Wyatt took over the helm with the Believers after having spent the last 13 years coaching in Europe, most recently, 6 years in Germany with the Razorbacks where he set numerous offensive records.
“Justin and Scott had tremendous seasons for us, but that is something that I have come to expect from both of them. They are as fine at their craft as any players in any league and it has been my pleasure to work with them again, here with the Believers.” Stated Wyatt in regard to the Believers dynamic duo.
“In regard to the coach of the year honors, I happily accept in on behalf of the assistant coaches, management, and ownership of the Believers, but most of all, the team. As I have said before, it isn’t the ‘x’s and ‘o’s’, but the Jimmies and Joes that make a good coach.” Wyatt added.
Other players from the GFL who played on the Believers in 2004 included: Ricky Brown, the former Dresden running back; Shon Farley, former Schwabish Hall Unicorn linebacker; Derrell Daniels, former Cologne Crocodile linebacker; Mike Lawrence, former Razorback running back/wide receiver/returner; and Clay Groefsema, former Razorback quarterback. Mike Dailey, former Razorback linebacker and Sven Hack, former Razorback defensive lineman were both members of the Believers coaching staff, while And Petek, former Razorback defensive end played for the Billings Outlaws and was an All Pacific West Division All Star.
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