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Gladiators sign former NFL defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman

October 18, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Las Vegas Gladiators News Release

LAS VEGAS, NV, October 18, 2005 - The Las Vegas Gladiators came to terms today on a contract with former NFL lineman Alonzo Spellman, it was announced by Gladiators' General Manager Dan Dolby. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"Alonzo Spellman can be a dominant force in the Arena Football League," said Gladiators' Head Coach Ron James. "He is a physical specimen who will command that opposing offenses take note where he is at all times."

Spellman (6-4, 300, Ohio State) will play defensive end and nose guard in his AFL rookie season in 2006. He was drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bears out of the Ohio State University in the 1992 NFL draft. He spent nine years in the NFL from 1992-2001, recording 43 sacks in 123 games. He led the Bears with eight sacks during the 1996 season and finished second on the team with 8.5 sacks in 1995.

On the strength of its Mission Statement and Fans' Bill of Rights, the Arena Football League - the second-longest running football league in U.S. history - begins its 20th season in 2006. Often recognized as one of the nation's most affordable and fan-friendly sports leagues, the Arena Football League is America's fastest-growing sport.

The AFL can be seen weekly beginning in January on NBC.

Gladiators' 2006 season seats are on sale now. Fans interested in purchasing Gladiators' season seats can do so by calling the Gladiators office at 702-731-4977 or by going online at

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