Soul To Receive Outstanding Team Achievement Award Tonight
PHILADELPHIA (Monday, November 17, 2008) - The World Champion Philadelphia Soul are being honored at the 7th Annual Philadelphia Sports Fans Choice Awards with an Outstanding Team Achievement Award tonight at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Center City Philadelphia. On hand to accept the award will be head coach Bret Munsey and 2008 Soul players OL Phil Bogle, C Mike Mabry, DB Rob Keefe, FB/LB Clifton Smith and WR/DB Mike Brown.
The Philadelphia Sports Fans Choice Awards are voted on by fans in the Philadelphia area. Coca Cola and Wawa stores promoted balloting and to date over 196,000 ballots were received. At last year's event, Munsey was honored with the Commitment to Excellence Award for his outstanding efforts behind the bench.
In 2008, the Soul went an AFL-best 13-3 during the regular season, clinching their first Eastern Division title and home-field advantage throughout the National Conference playoffs. After hosting, and defeating, the New York Dragons (49-48) in the Divisonal Round of the playoffs and the Cleveland Gladiators (70-35) in the National Conference Championship Game, the Soul traveled to New Orleans for their first ArenaBowl appearance since the team's inception.
ArenaBowl XXII was against American Conference foe and the defending ArenaBowl XXI Champion, San Jose SaberCats. Despite the game being close, the Soul held on to a 59-56 victory over the SaberCats to win the Foster Trophy for the first time in franchise history. QB Matt D'Orazio was named the ArenaBowl MVP for the second time in his career after completing 26-of-43 passes for 302 yards with seven touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
The 2008 Soul also saw the most All-Arena honors received in team history with four First-Team (QB-Matt D'Orazio, OL- Phil Bogle and Martin Bibla, WR-Chris Jackson), three Second-Team (DL-Bryan Save and Gabe Nyenhuis, DB-Eddie Moten), one All-Rookie Team (K-Connor Hughes) and one All-Ironman selection (FB/LB - Clifton Smith).
You will be able to catch all the highlights of the Philadelphia Sports Fans Choice Awards ® and Toyota Tundra Red Carpet Show on Comcast Sports Net Nov. 27 at 8pm and an encore presentation Nov. 29 at noon.
The Soul celebrated their fifth anniversary season in 2008 with a 59-56 win over the San Jose SaberCats in the Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII. The Soul drew a total of 131,817 fans last season, their largest number since the inaugural 2004 season, averaging 16,477 fans a game. Season tickets for the 2009 campaign are currently on sale starting at just $59. Call 215-636-0421 ext 3 to order your tickets and get more information on the defending ArenaBowl Champion Philadelphia Soul.
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