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AFL names players of the week

May 24, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

NEW YORK - Chicago Rush fullback/linebacker CHARLIE COOK, Tampa Bay Storm quarterback SHANE STAFFORD, and New York Dragons defensive specialist BILLY PARKER have been named U.S. Army Ironman, Offensive Player and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 17 of the 2005 season. The announcement was made live on ESPNews this afternoon.

U.S. ARMY IRONMAN: Cook (6-0, 290, C.W. Post), who is in his second season, led the Chicago Rush (9-7) to a 45-21 victory over the Nashville Kats (6-9-1). On offense, Cook rushed the ball twice for 10 yards and a touchdown and added another score on a 16-yard reception. Defensively, he recorded 3.0 solo tackles. The victory earned the Rush the No. 3 seed in the American Conference playoffs and will play No. 2 Los Angeles this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. This marks the first time Cook has earned an AFL weekly honor.

OFFENSIVE: Stafford (6-3, 200, Connecticut), who is in his fourth AFL season, earned Offensive Player of the Week honors by leading the Tampa Bay Storm (10-6) to a 78-53 victory over the Columbus Destroyers (2-14). Stafford completed 26-of-38 (68.4%) passes for 277 yards and five touchdown passes. He also rushed the ball three times for five yards and three rushing touchdowns. The victory by the Storm secured the No. 4 seed in the National Conference playoffs and marks the 19th straight season they have made postseason play. Tampa Bay will face No. 1 Georgia this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. This marks the fourth time that the former Husky has earned an AFL weekly honor.

ADT DEFENSIVE: Parker (6-0, 195, William & Mary), who is in his rookie season, helped lead the New York Dragons (10-6) to a 62-28 victory over the American Conference's No. 1-seeded Colorado Crush (10-6) at the Nassau Coliseum. Parker recorded 9.5 tackles (9 solo), one interception and defended six passes. The Dragons earned the No. 2 seed in the National Conference and will host No. 3 Orlando this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. This marks the first time that he has earned an AFL weekly honor.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Arizona's Orshawante Bryant, Dallas' Will Pettis, Grand Rapids' Chris Avery, New York's Will Holder, Orlando's Cory Fleming, San Jose's James Roe and Tampa Bay's Lawrence Samuels.

Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona's Sherdrick Bonner, Dallas's Jason Shelley, Grand Rapids' Michael Bishop, Nashville's T.T. Toliver, New York's Aaron Garcia, Orlando's Jimmy Fryzel and San Jose's Mark Grieb.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona's Terrence Joseph, Chicago's Tony Lukins, Grand Rapids' Damon Mason, Orlando's Kenny McEntyre, Philadelphia's Joseph Todd, San Jose's Barry Wagner and Tampa Bay' s Kelvin Kinney.

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