Maniacs Release Jason Goode to the Carolina Panthers
LAUREL, MD - March 17, 2009 - After signing Jason Goode last month, The Maryland Maniacs have released the Maryland native to become a member of the Carolina Panthers. Goode, a 6'3" 240 lb WR/FB, was set to become a vital part of the Maniacs offense, but unfortunately his talents caught the eyes of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
"I had a good experience with the Maryland Maniacs; from coaches to players everything was exciting. Everyone in the organization was a hard worker and had a love for the game," said Goode. "I had never played indoor football and the coaches were very supportive in teaching me new techniques." Goode also had a good feeling about playing in his home state of Maryland, "I felt comfortable playing at home, it's like my backyard and I was close to family and friends." Head Coach Matt Steeple expected nothing but good things from Goode, "Jason will be tough to replace, we wanted to advantage of his good size, especially in the red zone." Steeple went on to say, "That's what you play for, to reach the next level either Arena or NFL, we wish him well."
Goode, a Baltimore product, was a prep basketball and football star, who played quarterback, tight end, receiver and defensive end at Woodlawn High School. Selected as an All-Met by the Baltimore Sun, Goode chose the University of Maryland over Boston College, Colorado, UCLA and Penn State. In 2007, as a senior tight end for the Maryland Terrapins, Goode led the team in TD receptions (3). After contributing to a 6-6 season and an Emerald Bowl appearance, Goode went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft. In less than two weeks he was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins. Goode's biggest contribution as a Redskin was his game-winning 33 yard touchdown in a pre-season game against the New York Jets, spoiling Brett Favre's New York debut. Unfortunately, Goode suffered a turf-toe injury in the Jets game and the Redskins were forced to place him on the waived/injured list on August 26th, 2008.
Goode has high expectations for his second opportunity with the NFL. "I'm not going to make any drastic changes; I am still going to give it my best and 150%. I will be more cautious of my surroundings and less naïve about the whole situation," promised Goode.
The Maryland Maniacs are members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The IFL is a national league with headquarters in Richmond, VA and 23 teams located across the United States. The Maryland Maniacs kick off a 14 game schedule in March with seven home games at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. Their home opener is on March 29, 2009 against The River City Rage of St. Louis, MO. For additional information about the Maryland Maniacs, please visit http://www.marylandmaniacs.com.
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