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Pirates find treasure in Askew

January 17, 2006 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) - Port Huron Pirates News Release

The Port Huron Pirates, a professional football franchise of the newly formed Great Lakes Indoor Football League is proud to announce the signing of RayShawn Askew. A (2) time All-Star Running Back, Askew is considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the game. As a RB, WR, and KR Askew stands as the All-Time Leading Scorer in NIFL history with (130) Touchdowns and is the (2) time League Leading Rusher (2004-2005). The Pirates will play a 10 game schedule including 6 home games at McMorran Place, located in downtown Port Huron. RayShawn will be available for comment immediately. Please feel free to contact the Pirates at (810) 966-1911 or visit to inquire further.

2005 Stats for Mr. Askew
N.I.F.L. (National Indoor Football League) football stats

Record 46 touchdowns, 1st in the N.I.F.L history
Record 46 points scored in one game
Record 7 touchdowns in one game
Lead the N.I.F.L in all purpose yards (2,236)
Lead the N.I.F.L in rushing yards (719)
First indoor athlete ever to have 100 touchdowns
Team Captain of the 05' Cincinnati Marshals
Named to the 2005 All-Star team (Running Back)

In 2004, RayShawn rushed for 1,089 yards with the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the then NIFL

Graduating from Winton Woods High School (Ohio) RayShawn Askew was recruited by the Big Ten, Big Twelve and Big East. RayShawn made a verbal commitment to the University of Purdue. Due to the resignation of Purdue head coach Jim Colletto, Rayshawn and a few other players were forced to seek different Universities to attend, with limited time to register. RayShawn found a home and excelled as a four year starter at Elizabeth City State University on a full scholarship. He received a bachelor's degree in Biology/ Pre-Medicine finishing with honors including a 3.6 GPA. During the 2005 season, RayShawn was considered among the elite in his former league. River City Rage of the N.I.F.L. (St. Louis) once referred to him as, "a one man wrecking crew." RayShawn has also enjoyed success with the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the U.I.F.L and the Cincinnati Marshals of the N.I.F.L.

RayShawn has family ties that extend deep within the NFL and college ranks. His oldest brother Mister Askew, currently coaches running backs at Bethany College located in West Virginia. During Misters college career he excelled at Alabama A&M and Elizabeth City State University. RayShawn is also the brother of BJ Askew, currently a running back for the New York Jets (NFL). BJ was drafted out of the University of Michigan in 2003. RayShawn also has two cousins, Mathias Askew (Michigan State University) and Tab Perry (UCLA) both who currently play for the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)

"We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Askew. RayShawn has demonstrated his dedication to the indoor game for years and his addition to the team will be significant. We are eagerly awaiting his arrival to Port Huron. The Pirates organization hopes this signing will help to bring this city and the fans a championship. We are confident with the help of Rayshawn's character, dedication and commitment to excellence, that a championship dream can quickly become reality. I can't imagine we could have found a better role model to bring to this team. I believe he will quickly be referred to as a "Franchise Player" not only within the community but within the Pirates organization as well." Josh Reasoner, President/Director of Football Operations

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