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Barnstormers Agree To Terms With Filer, Curvey And Smith

November 10, 2009 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Iowa Barnstormers News Release

DES MOINES - Iowa Barnstormers Head Coach and Director of Football Operations John Gregory announced this afternoon that the team has reached agreement with FB Rodney Filer, DL Brent Curvey and DB Ahmaad Smith. This brings the total number of players currently under contract for Iowa to 15.

Filer (6-3, 260) brings a wealth of experience to the Barnstormers. The University of Iowa Alumni is a veteran of 10 AFL seasons including a stint with the original Barnstormers franchise in 1999 and 2000. Filer has also played for New York (2001-04), Las Vegas (2005-06), Tampa Bay (2007) and Utah (2008). In 119 career games played, Filer has rushed for 758 yards and 43 touchdowns. He also has compiled 54 career receptions and 8 receiving touchdowns.

The Barnstormers are also welcoming back Brent "Big Play" Curvey. The former Iowa State standout joined the Barnstormers halfway through the 2009 and helped solidify one of the league's top defensive units. In just 11 games with the Barnstormers, Curvey accumulated 25 tackles, including 11 for a loss and a team high 9.5 sacks. His ability to make timely plays earned him the nickname "Big Play".

Smith (6-1), 190 is a graduate of Tennessee State University. He has spent time playing for the Mississippi Mudcats (AIFA) and also had a tryout with the BC Lions (CFL). Most recently, Smith was selected as one of 12 contestants to appear on the Spike TV reality show "4th and Long" featuring NFL hall of famer Michael Irvin. The winner of the football competition based show received an invitation to the Dallas Cowboys 2009 training camp. Smith did extremely well surviving 10 rounds of cuts and finishing as the show's "runner-up".

"These are three very important additions to our roster", said Gregory. They bring us a combination of experience, toughness and speed, all keys to building a successful franchise. I expect all of them to contribute immediately and often".

The free-agency signing period for Arena Football One is underway. Expect more announcements from Coach Gregory and the Barnstormers in the coming days. Don't forget that 2010 Iowa Barnstormers season tickets remain on sale for as low as $104.00 per seat! Don't miss a minute of the action this season. Call 515-633-2255 or visit www.theiowabarnstormers.com for more information.

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