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Fire Sends Three to AFL

October 3, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

The Louisville Fire arena football team has sent three more players to the Arena Football League, the parent league of the arenafootball2 league. Former University of Louisville center Will Rabatin and Brian Thornburg have both signed with the Columbus Destroyers. Seymour, IN native Rob Mager has signed with the Grand Rapids Rampage.

Mager, the 2006 Schutt Offensive Player of the Year for af2, holds virtually every Fire record for receiving and tied the af2 record for touchdowns in a season in 2006 with 54. Mager was also named All-af2 American Conference First Team following the 2006 season.

"I would love to have a season like I did last year with Louisville," said Mager. "It would be great to set all kinds of records here with the Rampage too, but I need to take it one step at a time and be the best I can be."

Rabatin, who was named All-af2 American Conference Second team in 2006, started every game for the Fire last season as the Offensive Line Specialist. Rabatin was the anchor for the Fire's line that protected af2 Rookie of the Year Brett Dietz.

Thornburg saw action in 14 games for the Fire in 2006 and was a solid performer on offense, defense and special teams. In his rookie season Thornburg carried the ball five times for 19 yards and recorded 10.5 tackles (7U, 7A).

"This is a great opportunity for all three of these guys," said Fire head coach Tommy Johnson. "We wish them the best of luck and I know they will contribute to their new teams."

Season tickets for the 2007 season are on sale now starting at just $80. Season tickets can be purchased by calling (502)368-0009 or visiting

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