February 19, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - West Texas Roughnecks
ODESSA, TX. : The Odessa Roughnecks acquired veteran OL/DL Ahmad Childress on Thursday, February 19 for the 2009 training camp roster. Childress (6\'6", 336 lbs.) will be entering his fourth season with the Roughnecks and he will add depth to what already looks to be two strong offensive and defensive lines. Childress played in four games (starting in three) for Odessa in 2008. He saw limited playing time in \'08 due to injury. However, he managed to record 4.5 total tackles with 3.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, one pass break up and one forced fumble on defense.
Childress will be entering the 2009 season as one of the most experienced players on the roster. From 2006-2008, Childress registered 23.5 total tackles and 4.5 sacks in 18 games played with Odessa.
Childress played his college ball at Alabama University. He played 24 games in two seasons at Alabama after transferring from Garden City Community College. Childress recorded 48 tackles, one sack, six tackles-for-loss, 14 quarterback hurries, one interception and one pass break up while at Alabama. For his college career, Childress posted 113 total tackles with eight sacks and 18 tackles-for-loss.
His professional career has taken him to many places including time with the Detroit Lions in 2004 and the New York Giants in 2004 & 2005. Childress also spent time with the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League in 2005 and the Tennessee Valley Vipers of the AF2 in 2006.
"I"m excited to have Ahmad back because he is a great athlete with plenty of indoor football experience. We have good prospects on both lines coming into camp, and Ahmad is definitely one of them. He played very well the last three games of the season last year and we are looking for that to carry over into this year. His experience and leadership will be important to us for this season." stated Odessa Roughnecks Head Coach, Chris Williams.