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Eight former af2 players earn AFL honors

June 25, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release


CHICAGO - The arenafootball2 league (af2) announced today that eight (8) former players who have moved up to the Arena Football League have been recognized for their stellar individual efforts this season by being named to the 2008 All-Arena First and Second Teams. Six former players earned First Team recognition and two earned a spot on the Second Team.

Leading the group of six af2 alumni named to the 2008 All-Arena First Team is Philadelphia Soul QB MATT D'ORAZIO. The veteran signal caller, now in his sixth AFL season (first with Philadelphia), earned his first All-Arena selection after leading the AFL in passer rating (131.3) and guiding the Soul to the top seed in the National Conference and best record in the AFL (13-3). Before becoming a household name in the AFL, D'Orazio got his Arena Football start in the af2 with the Rochester Brigade in 2002. In 16 games (all starts) with the Brigade that season, D'Orazio completed 324-of-522 passes for 3,372 yards, 51 touchdowns (13 interceptions) and an additional 20 rushing scores.

Former Rio Grande Valley standout DB EDDIE MOTEN highlights the pair of former af2 athletes who earned All-Arena Second Team honors in 2008. This year he led Philadelphia in tackles with 93.5 (83 solo, 21 asst) and in interceptions with six. Moten began his Arena Football career in 2004 with the Dorados of the af2. That season he finished with 47.5 tackles and 18 pass break ups and was named First Team All-af2 and the Dorados' Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He signed with the Soul in 2005 and is currently in his fourth year with the team.

The following is the eight (8) members of the 2008 AFL All-Arena First and Second Teams that boast af2 experience.

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