Louisville Fire Players Burn It Up in AFL
Louisville, KY - Former Louisville Fire Football Players are currently placing their mark on the Arena Football League. Players include Brett Dietz of the Tampa Bay Storm, Rob Mager of the Chicago Rush, Will Rabatin of the Columbus Destroyers, Chris MacKeown of the Austin Wranglers and Paul White of the New York Dragons.
Former University of Louisville and Louisville Fire star Will Rabatin plays for the Columbus Destroyers. Rabatin played for the Fire for two seasons and was selected in 2006 as an All-af2 second team selection by the league. Rabatin has played in all 12 games this year for the Destroyers playing both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive lineman.
Rob Mager is currently making catches for the Chicago Rush. The University of Indianapolis product was the 2006 af2 Offensive player of the year as a member of the Fire last season. Mager has hauled in 61 passes for the Rush tally up to 685 yards. Mager is also second on the team in total receiving touchdowns with 10.
Claiming Quarterback duties for the Tampa Bay Storm is former Hanover College and Louisville Fire signal caller Brett Dietz. Dietz started for the Fire in 2006 and was named the af2 Rookie of the Year. In addition to his Rookie of the Year Award, he also earned a spot on the American Conference All-af2 First Team in 2006. Dietz completed 370-of-520 passes for 4,217 yards and 90 touchdowns as a member of the Fire.
Dietz was signed in last year's off-season by Chicago, and then cut in training camp. After agreeing to an af2 contract with Spokane for 2007, he was signed by the Kansas City Brigade where he was then placed practice squad. Four weeks later, Dietz landed in Tampa Bay. Recently he was named the Offensive player of the game when the Storm squared off against the New Orleans Voodoo. Dietz has completed 136-of-198 passes for 1578 yards and 31 touchdowns in just six games this season.
Chris MacKeown, who helped lead the Fire to an American Conference championship and their best season in team history in 2005, is now the Wide Receivers/Special Teams coach for the Austin Wranglers. In 2004, MacKeown coordinated the Louisville Fire offense to the claim of top offense in af2.
Offensive/Defensive Lineman Paul White who played for the Fire in 2005 currently plays for the New York Dragons. White has started five games this year for the Dragons.
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