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02/19/04 - Tyler

Semi-pro Football Team set in Tyler

Although the NFL and college football seasons are over, gridiron action is still on tap with a minor league football in Tyler. There's a little boy in all men that wants to go back and be young again. Some East Texas men are trying to relive old memories, and create new ones, by playing minor league football.

Men from ages 18 to 50 are vieing for a position on the East Texas twisters out of Tyler.

"Yeah I like this. Its fun... better than high school its a rough game but we're loving it right now" says 29 year old linebacker Stacy Harper.

  They're laborers , craftsmen, and students. Some haven't played in 20 years. They come out for the sheer exhilaration of the game. "It's kind of like gladiator days. Gladiators come in, and compete, its the thrill of competing but you're not competing for yourself you're competing on a team... every player is important on every play" said Twisters head coach Rod Miller.

  The drills are demanding and intense; and spark the enthusiasm of youth. League games are often attended by scouts, so for many younger men, semi-pro ball is a springboard to college or a professional league.   "Probably arena league if I can; that would be something to look forward to" said Harper. Others play; just to play.

  The twisters opener is in Greenville on February 28th. For more information on games and ticket go to the Know More on Seven Page on this website.

Bob Hallmark reporting.

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