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NIFL Announces 2004 Conference All-Stars

July 26, 2004 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) News Release

Lafayette, LA--The National Indoor Football League is pleased to announce the 2004 Conference All-Stars as voted on by head coaches, team executives, team broadcasters/media relations representatives, and media outlets around the league.

Players receiving Division All-Star honors were eligible for Conference All-Star voting. Each team received four votes in the process, and could not vote for their own players nominated. During this voting process, teams also selected 2004 Most Valuable Players on Special Teams, Offense, and Defense.

In the Atlantic Conference, the Ohio Valley Greyhounds came away with the most Conference All-Stars with seven, including Defensive MVP Angel Estrada. Estrada was responsible for 18 solo and 47 assisted tackles in addition to league-highs with 14 interceptions and 35 passes defended. In the race for Offensive MVP, Show Me quarterback Justin Peery pulled ahead of the pack after an impressive season with the Believers. Peery passed for a league-high 3,227 yards with 59 touchdowns along with carrying the ball for 328 yards and 22 touchdowns. On Special Teams, Fort Wayne kick returner Adrian Reese, received MVP honors after totaling 81 returns for 1,622 yards and three touchdowns for the Freedom.

In the Pacific Conference, the Sioux Falls Storm notched a conference high seven All-Stars, including Pacific Conference coaching honors. Omaha Beef kicker Chace Long was named Special Teams MVP after connecting on 61 of 63 point after attempts and 39 of 62 field goal attempts, including 11 from over 40 yards out. Tri-City running back Wesley Cates was named Offensive MVP for his efforts with the Diesel after carrying the ball for 1,014 yards and 31 touchdowns. Cates was also second in the NIFL in scoring, with 204 points to his credit. Tri-City defensive lineman, Leif Murphy, received Defensive MVP honors after tallying 45 solo and 24 assisted tackles in addition to league-highs with 15 sacks and 28 tackles for a loss.

A full rundown of award winners are included in this press release, as well as on the NIFL Website.

For more information, please visit www.nationalindoorfootballleague.net.

ATLANTIC CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Head Coach

Mike Wyatt, Show Me Believers

Quarterback

Justin Peery, Show Me Believers

Running Back

Rayshawn Askew, Ohio Valley Greyhounds

Wide Receiver

Kevin Heard, Houma Bayou Bucks

Eric Magrini, Atlantic City CardSharks

Scott Pingel, Show Me Believers

Offensive Linemen (TIE)

Mike Blackburn, Ohio Valley Greyhounds

Ken Sandor, Ohio Valley Greyhounds

Ron Brown, Beaumont Drillers

Terry Phillips, Evansville BlueCats

Defensive Linemen

Eddie Bynes, Atlantic City CardSharks

Rachman Crable, Fort Wayne Freedom

Curtese Poole, Ohio Valley Greyhounds

Linebacker

Pig Prather, Tupelo FireAnts

Safety

Angel Estrada, Ohio Valley Greyhounds

Cornerback

Eric Bingham, Tupelo FireAnts

Joey Flora, Ohio Valley Greyhounds

William Mulder, Lexington Horsemen

Kicker

Bruce Reineker, Carolina Rays

Kick Returner

Adrian Reese, Fort Wayne Freedom

Special Teams MVP

Adrian Reese, Fort Wayne Freedom

Offensive MVP

Justin Peery, Show Me Believers

Defensive MVP

Angel Estrada, Ohio Valley Greyhounds

PACIFIC CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Head Coach

Kurtiss Riggs, Sioux Falls Storm

Quarterback

Jose Fuentes, Sioux Falls Storm

Running Back (TIE)

Justin Bivins, Sioux Falls Storm

Wesley Cates, Tri-City Diesel

Wide Receiver

Lucas Green, Sioux City Bandits

Cory Grow, Billings Outlaws

Jason Mitchell, Tri-City Diesel

Offensive Linemen

Wes Amitoelan, Utah Warriors

Ben Olson, Billings Outlaws

John Semchenko, Sioux Falls Storm

Defensive Linemen

Anthony Bonner, Billings Outlaws

Nate Fluit, Sioux Falls Storm

Leif Murphy, Tri-City Diesel

Linebacker

Donavan LaViness, Omaha Beef

Safety

Demetrius Ross, Tri-City Diesel

Cornerback

Andre Fields, Sioux Falls Storm

Travis Kopf, Lincoln Capitols

Bobby Perkins, Sioux Falls Storm

Kicker

Chace Long, Omaha Beef

Kick Returner

Emmett White, Utah Warriors

Special Teams MVP

Chace Long, Omaha Beef

Offensive MVP

Wesley Cates, Tri-City Diesel

Defensive MVP

Leif Murphy, Tri-City Diesel

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