World Developmental Football League Adds Local Advisory Board Member
Bloomington, IL. - The World Developmental Football League (WDFL) announced that they have extended an invitation to Bloomington Edge General Manager Charles Welde to join their advisory board. Mr. Welde, who will continue to run the day to day operations of the Edge, accepted the position December 13th.
"This is a great opportunity for me personally, but it will also greatly benefit the Edge organization," Welde said. "It gives us the opportunity to grow our brand outside of Central Illinois, and also helps us develop a pipeline of potential players."
The WDFL gives former collegiate and professional football players another opportunity to play competitive football with the hope of getting invited to an NFL or CFL training camp. With the reality of making it into the NFL or CFL relatively small, the WDFL also provides assistance for their players with resume writing, interviewing, and networking.
"The WDFL is the first semi-pro organization that I have come across that includes mentoring and life skills programming for its players," Welde added.
Although the National Football League itself has not yet endorsed the WDFL, several ex- NFL players have. Former NFL offensive lineman Marques Ogden is an executive member of the WDFL's advisory board. Ogden, who is the brother of NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jonathan Ogden, played for the Jaguars, Ravens, Bills, and Titans. He got his degree in finance from Howard University and founded the Ogden Leadership Academy in 2016. Ogden also sits on the advisory board of VETTED, a non-profit organization which helps veterans transition from the military world to a civilian career.
First round draft pick and member of the University of Miami's Hall of Fame, Leon Searcy, has also joined the WDFL's advisory board. Searcy played in Superbowl XXX while with the Steelers.
According to Welde, the impressive accomplishments of the other people associated with the WDFL are indicative of the league's direction."It shows they have a clear vision for the league. When you are getting endorsements from guys with legitimate NFL pedigrees, it sends a message to every potential player and potential franchise owner that the WDFL is doing things the right way."
"The WDFL is ecstatic to have Mr. Welde as a part of our Advisory Board. The Board Strives to pick only the best Candidates to be a part of our organization, and we welcome Mr. Welde with open arms," said WDFL President Steve Pugh. "Between our advisory board and our football board we have limitless options as we move forward to become the #1 developmental league in the United States.
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