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Blizzard Looking for Homegrown Talent

November 13, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Green Bay Blizzard News Release

Although phone calls, reviewing player film, and talking with other coaches might work for brining players to af2 teams, the most effective outlet in evaluating talent has always been with an open tryout.

Of the 29 teams in the af2, 10 of these teams have already scheduled open tryouts to take place within the next month. Blizzard Head Coach Doug Lytle thinks this is a great way to evaluate players.

"We watch a lot of film and get a lot of calls from players and agents alike. I want to be able to see someone in person so I can really get a feel for what they can bring to the table," says Lytle.

One of these players, whose talents were quickly noticed by the Blizzard coaching staff, was Southern Illinois alum Kellen Allen. Allen, who had attended the Milwaukee open tryout last March, was second on the Blizzard squad with 760 receiving yards including 14 touchdowns during the 2007 campaign.

Including Allen, who doesn't hail from Wisconsin but attended the tryout in Milwaukee, the Blizzard had twelve players that have ties to the state of Wisconsin.

With a Blizzard tryout in Milwaukee scheduled for this Sunday November 18th, at 8:00 am, Coach Lytle is again looking for that impact player to sign to his squad.

"There is a lot of talent in Wisconsin specifically the Milwaukee area. We have a lot of roster spots to fill and I am confident that we will find the players we need in Milwaukee, but we need to see them in person to be able to evaluate them," states Lytle.

Any athletes interested in trying out for the 2006 American Conference Champion Green Bay Blizzard should call the Blizzard office at (920)405-1264 for more information or to pre-register.

The Arena Football League, established in 1987, encompasses 16 teams from across the United States of the highest talent arena/indoor football players in the world. The AFL landed a huge deal in 2007 and a premonition of future years to come, when ESPN, arguably the most highly accredited sports media outlet in the world, bought a minority ownership in the AFL. Only Arena Football League games can be seen nationally televised on ESPN through the months of February-July.

The af2 established in 2000, a proud member of the AFL family, is a minor league system of high talent players searching for the Arena Football dream. The af2 has teams in 30 cities across the United States. After the 2006 season the Green Bay Blizzard had 9 players sign contracts with AFL teams, with more players to come from the 2007 team in weeks to come.

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