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Storm Sign Free Agent WR/DB Bobby Sippio

October 18, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Tampa Bay Storm News Release

TAMPA BAY - The five-time world champion Tampa Bay Storm have signed free-agent WR/DB Bobby Sippio to a two-year contract today, General Manager and Head Coach Tim Marcum announced today.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Kissimmee, Florida, Sippio ranked third on the Dallas Desperados in 2005 with 61 catches for 863 yards and sixth on the team in tackles with 30.5. He forced three fumbles and recovered two while intercepting two passes, returning one for a touchdown in his second AFL season.

"He is one of the most dominant players in the league at his position," Marcum said. "We're excited to have a guy from the area with a big following. He was working both sides of the ball with the Miami Dolphins before he got hurt and can play all over the field. We got better and I became a better coach today."

Sippio, 25, hauled in 75 passes for 1218 yards, ranking second on Dallas in yards per game with 76.1 in 2004. He intercepted two passes on defense and converted one into a touchdown while recording 25 tackles and three pass breakups.

Prior to joining Dallas in 2004 Sippio honed his skills in af2 with the Greensboro Prowlers where he earned the 2003 Ironman of the Year Award. During the 2003 season he averaged 17.7 yards per catch, 23.9 yards per kick-off return, 14.3 points per game and 10.6 yards per interception return.

While at Western Kentucky Sippio was considered one of the best cornerbacks at the I-AA level after finishing his junior season with 38 tackles, six passes defended, five interceptions, a sack and a blocked kick. He also managed a portion of the kickoff return duties for the Hilltoppers. In 2000, Sippio was the first player in Western Kentucky history to earn consensus All-American honors after setting school records in interceptions with 10, interception return yards in a game with 82, interception return yards in a season with 236 and interception return yards in a career with 321. He also earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors during his freshman year. He left Western Kentucky prior to his senior year.

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