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Vipers Assigned af2 Ironman of the Year Chavez

January 29, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Alabama Vipers News Release

Huntsville, AL- The 2008 af2 ArenaCup Champion Tennessee Valley Vipers continue to build for the 2009 season, and have been assigned last season's af2 Ironman of the Year, Bradly Chavez. Chavez played last season for the Manchester Wolves and started all 16 regular season games on offense and defense, and was also the holder on extra points for the Wolves. "With Bradly we are getting a quality two way arena football player that excels on both sides as well as special teams. He is a fierce competitor and approaches the game as a complete professional. We are excited to have him here in Huntsville," said Vipers head coach Dean Cokinos.

Chavez led the Wolves with his 28 offensive touchdowns and 86 total receptions. The University of Alabama-Birmingham product was also third on the team in receiving yards (1,147), and averaged 13.3 yards per catch. On defense, Chavez finished the season with 38 tackles, two interceptions, and forced three fumbles. He finished the regular season with 33 total touchdowns and was named the JLS Ironman of the Game twice during the season.

Chavez, 6-2 205, also af2 action previously with the Birmingham Steeldogs, after his collegiate career was over. At UAB, Chavez's best season was in 2004, catching 24 passes for 497 yards and two touchdowns. During his senior season for the Blazers, Chavez averaged 19.1 yards per catch on 51 receptions.


The Vipers have also announced they have been assigned former Southern University offensive lineman Gary Jenkins. Jenkins, 6-2 305, has AFL experience after being in camp with the New Orleans Voo Doo and Grand Rapids Rampage. "Gary is a great addition to our team. He gives us AFL experience up front, which is invaluable," said Cokinos.

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