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BI grad is Arena Football's ironman
Will Pettis
Bradwell graduate and Arena Football League giant Will Pettis was named the 2007 U.S. Army Strong Ironman of the Year on July 12.
The designation put a silver lining on a disappointing end to the Dallas Desperados’ stellar 15-1 season that was abruptly ended by a loss to the sixth seed Columbus Destroyers in the first round of playoffs.
Pettis had to be helped off the field early in the fourth quarter of that playoff game because of severe back spasms and is said to still be recovering from some stiffness and spasms.
The award means the AFL franchise finally recognizes Pettis as the best two-way player in the league. Recognition was inevitable as he led the AFL with five Ironman of the Week selections and two Ironman of the Month awards.
Pettis also broke single-season franchise records scoring 254 points with 46 total touchdowns, 124 receptions, 40 receiving touchdowns, and seven games of 200 or more yards rushing.
He finished second in the league with 2,781 all-purpose yards and ranks 12th all-time with 12,565. He averaged 21.2 yards per kickoff and his 59 tackles and three interceptions ranked third on defense for the Desperados.
Pettis recently turned down an offer from the Atlanta Falcons to join them in their training camp, electing instead to get some rest before preparing for next season and his ultimate goals of being named offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year and bringing a championship ring home to the Desperados.
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