XFL Orlando Rage Press Release 9


Press Release 9
Rage Get Former FAMU Star Cedric Harden
January 11, 2000

Cedric Harden, a former two-sport star from Florida A&M University, has joined the Orlando Rage of the XFL. Harden, 6-6, 260, will play defensive end for Orlando.

A basketball player and tight end at FAMU, Harden switched to defensive end during his senior season. He played in 11 games in 1997, recording 39 tackles with seven quarterback sacks and seven tackles for loss.

Although he started just six games at defensive end for the Rattlers, Harden impressed pro scouts enough to be selected in the fifth round (126 selection overall) by the San Diego Chargers.

He injured a shoulder in the team’s final exhibition game and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. Harden played in six games with the Chargers in 1999, recording one tackle and one-half season.

Harden was assigned to the Amsterdam Admirals for the 2000 NFL-Europe season, but was injured in the second game and missed the remainder of the season. He went to camp with the Chargers in 2000.

The Rage had claimed Harden on Wednesday from the XFL Player Pool.

RAGE TRAINING CAMP NOTES: The Rage announced on Thursday that kicker Scott Blanton and quarterback Steve Mathews had left training camp…after a two-week cold spell, the team practiced in mild 70 degree weather on Thursday…Orlando will scrimmage the Chicago Enforcers at 2 p.m. Friday at Showater Field…Chicago and Orlando will work on the punting game Thursday, before conducting a 60-play scrimmage…It will be Orlando’s first scrimmage of the preseason…cornerback Damon Mason blocked a field goal in practice on Thursday.



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