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Stafford Named AFLWA Player of the Week

May 24, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Tampa Bay Storm News Release

LAS VEGAS (AFLWA) - No other player has been named the Arena Football League Writers Association (AFLWA) Player of the Week more than once this season, but now Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Shane Stafford has won it a third time.

He put the Storm into the playoffs with a 78-53 victory over the Columbus Destroyers, passing for five touchdowns and running for three more. Stafford also completed 26 of 38 passes for 277 yards with no interceptions.

Now he turns his attention to the postseason. The Storm is making its 15 consecutive playoff appearance.

"We knew we didn't want to be that team that didn't make the playoffs," Stafford told the Tampa Tribune. "The tradition is huge. You don't want to be the team that people remember as not being as good as teams in the past."

The AFLWA, founded at the start of the 2004 season, is a national organization made up of media members who cover the Arena Football League. Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal is the AFLWA's founder and executive director. The association's website is

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