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Josh White Earns Roster Spot with AFL's New York Dragons

February 4, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

HONOLULU - Former Hawaiian Islanders standout Josh White is now a Dragon—a New York Dragon that is. The Farrington High School graduate, also known as “Zeus”, was one of many af2 veterans to clutch a spot in the Arena Football League.

The Islanders got a chance to catch up with White prior to his AFL debut Sunday, Feb. 8 against the Georgia Force.

The 6-2, 275 pound fullback/linebacker changed uniforms but hasn’t changed his competitive mindset. After all, his new team has one thing in common with his former team…they both have a division championship to defend in 2004.

Due to regional coverage contracts, that game will not be aired in Hawaii. Friends, family and fans can track White’s progress with the New York Dragons on their official website at http://www.newyorkdragons.com.

Q: What was the competition like in AFL tryouts?

A: The competition was tough. Everyone is faster and stronger so I had to stay focused on what I had to do.

Q: With the Islanders, you were the top rusher and third leading scorer in 2003. Do you think you can make that kind of an impact with the Dragons this season?

A: We use a rotation system so I’ll get a chance at some playing time. When I get my shot (on the field) that’s when I’ll try and make an impact in the game.

Q: What are your goals in the AFL?

A: I just want to keep playing football and give the af2 guys some exposure. We need to get more guys to move up in the league.

Q: You are described as extremely tough and competitive. Are you holding your own with the Dragons?

A: Right now, I’m doing what I got to do. I just have to continue to stay focused.

Q: What is it like playing on the opposite side of the nation from your hometown?

A: You can drive everywhere here. I haven’t been to the city (New York City) yet, so I look forward to going there. It’s really fast paced here compared to Hawaii. Back home everything is so laid back. It’s nice to change it up and experience new things.

Q: What was the biggest adjustment moving to New York?

A: The weather! It’s crazy cold here!

Q: What do you miss most about home?

A: The weather…and the food!

Q: You always wore the number 40. Why did you choose the number 40?

A: That has always been my number and I’m glad that I can continue to wear it.

Q: What are some of your feelings as the season approaches?

A: I’m very anxious to get the season going. I’m looking forward to the entire season and defending our championship. I’m thankful that I can represent the state of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Islanders. I had a great career with the Islanders and we need to get more players to move up in the league.

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