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Steamwheelers Reassign Ruud

March 23, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Quad City Steamwheelers News Release

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Quad City Steamwheelers announced today that they have reassigned offensive lineman/defensive lineman Nick Ruud to the arenafootball2 office.

Ruud injured his foot in training camp towards the end of last week. He continued to practice but began showing signs of weakness and eventually decided that is was best that he not practice.

Ruud joined the Steamwheelers on Nov. 6, 2003, after starting in over 40 games for Truman State where he was named second team all-MIAA and D2football.com All-Midwest Honorable Mention.

In 2001, he was a first team all-MIAA pick, and as a sophomore in 2000 he was named second team all-MIAA.

The Moline High School grad was one of 11 linemen looking to make the 21-man roster, which must be set by Monday, March 29 at 5 p.m. (CDT).

With Ruud’s placing on reassignment, this now brings the Steamwheelers training camp roster down to 28.

The Steamwheelers kick off their Fifth Anniversary season in just over a week and a half on Saturday, April 3. They will take on the Manchester (N.H.) Wolves at 7:30 p.m. at The MARK of the Quad Cities. Single game tickets are on sale now. Contact The MARK box office or TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com or 563-326-1111.

About Arena Football League

Often recognized as one of the nation's most affordable and fan-friendly sports leagues, the Arena Football League, the second-longest running football league in U.S. history, is in its 18th season. On the strength of its Mission Statement and Fans' Bill of Rights, the AFL is America's fastest growing sport. The Austin Wranglers join the Philadelphia Soul and New Orleans VooDoo as the three expansion teams added for the 2004 season. At least two more teams will be added in each of the next two seasons. A network-TV sport, the AFL is currently celebrating its second season on NBC in 2004.

The arenafootball2 league is in its Fifth Anniversary season and serves as the AFL's developmental league. The arenafootball2 (af2) league consists of 25 teams in medium-sized markets with the purpose of training players, coaches and officials for higher levels of football. Several former af2 coaches have joined AFL teams and more than 175 players have advanced to the AFL over the past three years.

Several players have moved on to the NFL from the af2 including the ‘Wheelers standout defensive rush end in 2003, Asa Francis, who last month signed with the Buffalo Bills to play in NFL Europe this spring. For all the up to the minute Steamwheelers news, visit www.steamwheelers.com.

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