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July 23, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Rio Grande Valley Dorados News Release

HIDALGO, TX: July 23, 2004 – The arenafootball2’s (af2) Rio Grande Valley Dorados strengthened their defensive core with the assignment of defensive specialist Don McGee. The Dorados had a roster position open prior to the move, so the Dorados do not have to delete any players from their active roster.

McGee, a 5’11 203-pound Dallas native, has gone non-stop since his college career came to an end in 2002 at North Texas and just completed the NFL-Europe season as a member of the Amsterdam Admirals and the Cologne Centurions. His pro career began April of 2003 signing as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. McGee worked out with the Cowboys all summer and Bill Parcells placed him on the Cowboys practice squad last winter. At the close of the NFL season, McGee was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL Europe Free Agent Draft by the Scottish Claymores. The Claymores eventually traded his rights to Amsterdam, where he had 8 tackles (7 solo) along with a pass deflection, 3 special teams tackles, and a blocked field goal and PAT. Amsterdam re-assigned McGee to Cologne, where he finished out the season with 3 tackles (all solo) and one special teams tackle.

The 23 year-old McGee is not related to Dorados lineman Marco McGee, but he has a background with Dorados Chris McIver and Cordell Thornton. McGee graduated high school three years behind Thornton at Lake Highlands High School. While at LHHS, McGee excelled at track and football and was a Second Team All-District wide receiver with 200 receiving yards to go along with 300 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also had 31 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. His high school career led to a spot on the University of North Texas track and football program, where he was a teammate of McIver. He received playing time as a true freshman in 1999 while seeing limited time at cornerback and full time duty on special teams. McGee co-led the Big West Conference as a sophomore in 2000 with 4 interceptions, playing the cornerback position in all 11 games. He finished with 40 tackles as a junior and 31 tackles with 5 interceptions as a senior. The speedster also accumulated some track awards, including a third place finish as part of the 4x100-meter relay team in the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 2001. McGee completed his UNT career with 12 interceptions (5th on UNT’s all-time list).

The Dorados return to action Saturday night as the contest will be the final home game for the inaugural Dorados, as they look to close out their home record to 5-3 and their overall record to 6-9 with a meeting with the Arkansas Twisters. The 2-12 Twisters are in the bottom of the Mid-South Division and look to end a two-game winless streak. This game has no playoff implications, as the Dorados playoff hopes disappeared Saturday with a 66-60 loss to the af2 defending champion and Southwest Division leading Tulsa Talons.

Individual tickets are currently on sale for their contest with Arkansas and may be purchased by stopping by the Dodge Arena offices (2600 N. 10th St. in Hidalgo, Tx) or ordering by phone at 956-843-7825. Discounted tickets are available on Saturday at the Dodge Arena box office, as $11 tickets will be available to fans that show their Lone Star Card. With Saturday Night also being “Hillbilly Hoedown Night,” fans can also receive $11 tickets if they show missing teeth or wear fake “bubba teeth” at the Dodge Arena box office. Additional ticket information and corporate opportunities are available by contacting the Dorados offices at 956-843-7825 or visit the Dorados online at www.doradosfootball.com.

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