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XFL Birmingham Bolts Press Release 5
Press Release 5
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What We've Learned

It happened almost without fail in elementary school. With that first week of school came the dreaded "what I did on my summer vacation" essay. It was a difficult essay to write. In the primary grades it was hard to remember everything that happened, and with age what happened during summer vacation became nobody else's business.

Two practices beyond the halfway point of the Birmingham Thunderbolts full-squad mini-camp seemed as good a time as any to follow your elementary school teacher's lead and find out "what we have learned about the Thunderbolts".

Through tedious observation we have learned, or confirmed, that:

  • running back Troy Davis and quarterback Casey Weldon were both runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, Davis to Danny Wuerffel in 1996 and Weldon to Desmond Howard in 1991.
  • defensive end Cedric Pittman is a deacon in his church
  • receiver Jahine Arnold has battled through two knee surgeries and a broken collarbone in his professional career.
  • running back James Bostic's tattoo reads "Never Enough Respect".
  • offensive lineman Justin Burroughs once worked in a tractor trailer junkyard.
  • defensive back Anthony Derricks amassed 1,575 all-purpose yards in the Arena Football League last season, all on defense or special teams.
  • offensive tackle Ed King was working as a collection agent in Phenix City, Ala. after a seven-year professional career in the NFL and Canada.
  • defensive tackle Kevin Landolt was a high school heavyweight state wrestling champion in New Jersey
  • quarterback Jon Nielsen threw 11 touchdown passes for the Arkansas Twisters in an AF2 game last season.
  • kicking specialist Brad Palazzo's dad played quarterback for the Birmingham franchise of the World Football League in 1974.
  • now at 252 pounds, defensive end Quinton Reese was a wide receiver at West End High School in Birmingham.
  • tight end Ed Smith did not play college football, instead opting for the baseball minor leagues after signing with the Chicago White Sox.
  • tight end Scott Thompson coached this past season at Bullard (Calif.) High School, helping lead BHS to the state semi-final round.
  • Birmingham has never failed a professional football league, the league has always failed Birmingham. BIRMINGHAM BELONGS IN THE XFL!!!

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