Giddens Honored By af2
The arenafootball2 league office announced yesterday that Manchester Wolves' DB Deon Giddens was named the af2's ADT Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Giddens will share the Week 17 accolade with the Arkansas Twisters Jason Simpson.
The weekly award earned by Giddens, the first in his three-year af2 career, is the second honor bestowed to a Wolves player in as many weeks as DB Travis Pugh earned last Week 16's honor. Giddens earned the award thanks to his one-tackle, two pass deflection and af2 record-tying four interceptions in last Saturday's victory over East Division rival Albany Conquest (5-10), 69-56, at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
In just six games Giddens has tallied 35.0 total tackles, five interceptions, eight pass deflections and one forced fumble. The Tennessee native has provided a strong presence in the Wolves backfield as they have won five of the six games he's played in this season.
"Deon deserved this award," said Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett. "His performance since joining the Wolves is a big part of why we're making the playoffs."
Giddens (5-10, 184), came to the Wolves after playing two seasons (2005-2006) for the Memphis Xplorers, which included an ArenaCup Championship in 2005, and a brief stint with the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League in 2006. In 32 regular season games for the Xplorers Giddens collected 150.0 total tackles, two sacks, nine interceptions, 53 pass deflections, one fumble recovery for touchdown and one forced fumble. Offensively he caught 35 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns.
The Air Force and Brigadier General Suzanne Vautrinot will present the Wolves (9-6) with the prestigious "American Spirit Award" before the kickoff of their July 28 game, entitled "Fan Appreciation Night", against the Florida Firecats (11-4) on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena at 7:05 p.m. Josh Logan will also be on hand to entertain the crowd as he'll perform some of his newest songs during halftime.
The Wolves are currently holding a special auction which started Saturday July 21 at 7:00 p.m. and ends July 28 at 10 p.m. to benefit the Elliot Hospital's Pediatrics Unit in Manchester. Fans will be able to win great prizes all night on the 28th which will include the 20 special Pediatrics jerseys that the Wolves will be wearing in that night's game! All fans have to do is send the text "Wolves", starting this Saturday, to the number "41414" to play. Participants will get charged .99 cents per text with a portion of each text being donated to the Pediatrics Unit. Fans can also buy a jersey directly by placing a $500.00 bid, which will go directly to the Pediatrics Unit.
Don't miss another exciting season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007! For information on season tickets, or merchandise, fans can contact the Wolves at 603.627.WOLF (9653) or visit them on the web at www.manchesterwolves.com.
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