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April 26, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

NEW YORK – San Jose SaberCats wide receiver/defensive back RODNEY WRIGHT, San Jose SaberCats quarterback MARK GRIEB and Los Angeles Avengers defensive specialist DAMEN WHEELER have been named U.S. Army Ironman, Offensive Player and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 13 of the 2005 season. The announcement was made live on ESPNews this afternoon.

U.S. ARMY IRONMAN: Wright (5-9, 180, Fresno State), who is in his rookie season, led the AFLWA’s No. 4-ranked San Jose SaberCats (8-4) over the Central Division-leading Colorado Crush (8-4) in Friday’s 89-41 victory. On offense, he had three receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. On special teams, he added three returns for 56 yards (including 54-yard MFG return for touchdown). Defensively, the former Driller had 7.0 total tackles, an interception and a pass breakup. This marks the second consecutive week that Wright has earned an AFL weekly honor.

OFFENSIVE: Grieb (6-3, 208, Cal-Davis) had a record-setting night in the defending champion’s 89-41 American Conference victory over the AFLWA’s No. 3-ranked Colorado Crush at Pepsi Center on Friday. Grieb, the 2002 Offensive Player of the Year, completed 15-of-15 passes for 331 yards and eight touchdowns on his way to a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. Grieb surpassed the previous perfect-completion game held by Carolina ’s CARLOS GARAY, who completed 11-of-11 against the Orlando Predators on April 27, 2000. The 89 points set the AFL mark for most points scored by a visiting team and was the third most in League history. This marks the fifth time the former All-Arena performer has earned an AFL weekly honor.

ADT DEFENSIVE: Wheeler (5-9, 180, Colorado) helped lead the Los Angeles Avengers (7-5) to a 52-49 victory over the AFLWA’s No. 6-ranked Chicago Rush (7-5) on Saturday at STAPLES Center. The third-year veteran recorded 2.5 total tackles, forced a fumble and tallied two interceptions – including a 34-yard touchdown return in the second quarter. This marks the first time the former Buffalo has earned an AFL weekly honor.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Orshawante Bryant, Dallas’ Bobby Sippio, Los Angeles’ Greg Hopkins, Nashville’s Fred Coleman, New Orleans’ B.J. Cohen, New York’s Chris Anthony and Orlando’s Cory Fleming.

Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Siaha Burley, Dallas’ Clint Stoerner, Georgia’s Chris Jackson, Los Angeles’ Tony Locke, Nashville’s T.T. Toliver, New Orleans’ Andy Kelly, New York’s Aaron Garcia and San Jose’s Rashied Davis.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Terrance Joseph, Dallas’ Hamin Milligan, Grand Rapids’ Damon Mason, Nashville’s Khalil Carter, New York’s Billy Parker, Orlando’s E.J. Burt and San Jose’s Clevan Thomas.

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