Gonzalez signs contract with Philadelphia Soul
The Manchester Wolves are proud to announce that the first player from their 2006 team to move up to the ranks of the Arena Football League is non other then Steve "Speedy" Gonzalez, their quick-footed Offensive Specialist. Gonzalez has signed a two-year contract to play for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, and will team up with former Wolves' WR standout J.J. McKelvey to form a dominant duo for Soul quarterback Tony Graziani on offense.
Gonzalez, a two-year veteran from Menlo College, had a stellar 2006 season with the Wolves, in which he tallied a total of 2,525 all-purpose yards (4 th in the league) and finished second in the league in scoring (276 points). In 15 games played on offense he collected 1,355 receiving yards (5th in the league), 118 receptions (5th in the league), and 45 touchdowns (2 nd in the league). Defensively, he broke up seven passes and intercepted one pass in just two games played. The New Jersey native was on pace to break all of McKelvey's offensive records for the Wolves (47 touchdowns, 1,720 receiving yards, 162 receptions, 334 points) before suffering an ankle injury that kept him out of the last two regular season games and all of the playoffs.
"It feels good to finally know where I'm going to suit up and play my football," said Gonzalez, who had three AFL teams (Georgia, Orlando, Philadelphia) aggressively pursuing his talents. "I'm excited about this new opportunity in a great city like Philadelphia and to team-up with someone like McKelvey, it's going to be fun."
Gonzalez (6-0, 190) began his Arena Football career as a rookie with the San Diego Riptide in 2005. In just thirteen games played, he led the af2 in kick return yards (1,666) and kick return touchdowns (6), while ranking among the league's best in all-purpose yards (4 th - 2,792) and scoring (10th - 206 points). "Speedy" broke six Riptide records and garnered Second Team honors on the National Conference All-af2 team for his efforts during the 2005 season.
"I now have provided Jon Bon Jovi with at least 100 touchdowns offensively this season with Gonzalez and McKelvey, so I expect to see some free concert tickets on my doorstep," joked Wolves' Head Coach Ben Bennett. "Seriously though, I'm really happy for Gonzo because he's worked hard for this opportunity, and I foresee him and J.J. excelling as teammates this season."
Don't miss another exciting year 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 online at www.manchesterwolves.com.
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