August 8, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2)
CHICAGO - Peoria WR BRIAN ALLBROOKS has been named the 2009 Gridiron Enterprises International Player of the Year, as selected by a vote of arenafootball2 head coaches and media members.
Allbrooks, a Spanish transplant in his first year with the af2, played in 12 games this season for the Pirates. Allbrooks\' impact was evident for Peoria. The Temple alum was their top receiver, making 75 catches for 1,013 yards and 27 touchdowns while also rushing 12 times for 15 yards and two touchdowns. Allbrooks led the squad in the special teams department as well, recording three kickoff return touchdowns. He ended the year with 955 combined kick return yards (893 kickoff, 62 missed field goal).
Allbrooks finished among the league leaders in scoring average (7th - 16.2 ppg), kick return average (8th - 24.1 ypr) and all-purpose yards (11th - 165.2 ypg). He also led the Pirates in total TDs (32) and scoring (194 points).
Allbrooks becomes the sixth recipient of the af2 International Player of the Year Award, joining past winners DAVID GAYTAN-FEREGRINO (Corpus Christi - 2008) from Mexico, STEVE PANELLA (Amarillo - 2007) from Canada, Atnas Maeko (Stockton - 2006), originally from Mozambique, Henriik Juul-Nielsen (Green Bay - 2005), representing Denmark, and Takuya Furutani (Louisville - 2004) of Japan.
The af2 international development program was created in 2002. As the program continues to gain strength and as the league carries on its efforts to develop Arena Football around the world, the number of International players on af2 rosters has steadily increased through the years. The af2, which is best known for its reputation for developing players, coaches and executives, provides the perfect training ground for the ever-growing International pool of athletes looking to gain experience in football and advance their careers in the sport.
This year saw contribution by 33 international players representing 16 countries. Last season, 47 International players were signed by the af2. It was the largest on record and represented 15 countries. To put that in perspective, in 2004 the league had 15 International players from three countries and in 2003 af2 had 11 International players from two countries.
The 2009 af2 playoffs continue this weekend with the American and National Conference Semifinals this Saturday, August 8. On the American Conference side of the bracket, the No. 1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers host the No. 5 Kentucky Horsemen at 7 p.m. ET and the No. 2 Iowa Barnstormers host No. 6 Green Bay Blizzard at 8 p.m. ET. On the National Conference side, the No. 2 Tulsa Talons are hosting the No. 3 Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings at 8 p.m. ET and the No. 1 Spokane Shock host the No. 4 Boise Burn at 10 p.m. ET.