The Arena Football League Awards for the 2019 season were ended out earlier in the week. Many familiar names and a couple of new ones as well, let’s jump right into it!
The Rookie of the Year award was awarded to a very familiar name if you watched the short-lived Alliance of American Football (AAF), Fabian Guerra. Guerra played for the Columbus Destroyers this season, and he was a return specialist, as well as a wide receiver. I see big things coming from him. He should be on an NFL team right now.
Congrats, Fabian! 🏅🏅
— Columbus Destroyers (@AFLDestroyers) August 6, 2019
The Albany Empire franchise respectively received six different awards. Quarterback Tommy Grady was awarded the Most Valuable Player award. I do believe he was the most deserving of this award, and he truly shows leadership as well as a great arm.
Assistant Coach of The Year went to the Albany Empire’s own Leo Moss. He played a huge role in changing this team into a force to be reckoned with.
The Kicker of the Year was Adrian Trevino of the Empire. Trevino is one of the most impressive arena kickers I have ever watched. He posts himself kicking field goals from the upper deck via his Instagram. This man is always grinding and finding ways to take his game to the next level.
Offensive Player of the Year and Wide Receiver of the Year both went to Albany’s own Malachi Jones. Jones is also another former AAF like Guerra. Jones was one of the most impressive players to watch this year. Every snap he would be doing something explosive, whether it be showing off his wheels or his hands.
Ryan Cave of the Empire took him the Offensive Lineman of the Year award. He is a significant asset to leading the Empire to Sunday night’s championship game. Cave can take on more than one pass rusher at once and stand firm.
Joe Sykes of the Empire joined his fellow lineman in taking home an award of his own. Sykes won the Defensive Lineman of the Year. I don’t think there was a player more deserving than him, and he is an absolute nightmare to any quarterback.
James Romain of the Philadelphia Soul won the Defensive Back of the Year award. Romain is undoubtedly the premier defensive back in the AFL. I am honestly surprised he isn’t with an NFL team right now because he is an absolute shut down back.
Head Coach of the Year went to Clint Dolezel of the Philadelphia Soul. Dolezel is a little bit of a questionable call to some for this award just because of his attitude, but it’s winning games that matters, and Dolezel is one of the most elite at doing such.
— Arena Football League (@OfficialAFL) August 8, 2019
These were the Arena Football League awards given out by the AFL. Make sure to tune into ESPN Sunday at 8 pm EST to watch the Arena Bowl, Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire.