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Albany Empire Add Five More to Roster

Courtesy: Albany Empire Media Relations

The Empire Added Four League Veterans, One Rookie

ALBANY– The Albany Empire announce that five additional players have been assigned to the team roster on the fifth day of free agency.  Of the five players assigned, four are league veterans.  Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.  The free agency signing period for the Arena Football League began at 7 a.m. on Monday March 19.

“These sleepless nights are paying off for the Empire,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire. “We are the new kids in town and we won’t rest until we prove our worth on the field.  Everyday we bring in more guys to help the organization improve as we gear up for opening day.”

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Ryan Cave, Offensive Lineman/Fullback
“Big Cave” comes to the Empire with experience at every offensive line position in arena football.  Cave, a South Carolina Native, attended Hampton University where he primarily played the center position.  During his junior year, Cave helped pave the way for the team as they averaged 106.4 rushing yards per game.  He debuted in the AFL with the Spokane Shock, where he spent his first three seasons in the league.  In 2015, Cave was assigned to the Orlando Predators, where he played in 16 games, that included two touchdown receptions as an eligible tight end.  After spending the 2016 season with the Jacksonville Sharks, Cave was assigned to Tampa Bay and helped lead the Storm to an ArenaBowl appearance.

Calvin Fance, Defensive Lineman
Calvin Fance has been productive in the AFL since his rookie season in Philadelphia.  Coming out of Angelo State University, Fance led Division II with 14.5 sacks as a senior, one shy of the ASU single season record, and earned All-American honors.  After college, Fance made a brief stop in the IFL before playing in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  In two seasons with the Soul, Fance tallied 38 tackles, five and a half sacks and three forced fumbles.  His play on the field led him to the Arizona Cardinals’ minicamp in 2014.  Fance spent both the 2015 and 2016 seasons playing with the Orlando Predators under Coach Keefe.  In 2017, he played with the Baltimore Brigade where he contributed 17 tackles and two pass break-ups.

Wesley Mauia, Linebacker
Was Mauia has played arena football all over the country throughout his professional career.  The California native attended the University of Montana before transferring to Western New Mexico University.  After graduating, Mauia began his professional football career with the San Antonio Talons.  He bounced around year to year from San Jose, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Philadelphia, where he won a championship with the Soul in 2016.  Mauia spent 2017 playing in the NAL in Mexico with the Monterrey Steel.  He has never been to New York State before and is looking forward to coming to a new area.

Erick McIntosh, Defensive Back
Erick McIntosh is another indoor football veteran, who has a championship to his name.  A Florida native, he remained in state and attended Florida Atlantic University.  Throughout his five years at FAU, McIntosh only actually played in 12 games, but managed to compile 53 tackles in his four starts during his senior year.  Despite the lack of playing time in college, McIntosh made school history for having the longest professional football career of any athlete to come out of FAU, at seven years and counting.  After graduating, McIntosh was assigned to the Tampa Bay Storm, where he was named Player of the Week multiple times throughout the season.  He recorded 102 tackles and tied for the team-lead with four interceptions in his rookie season.  After playing two seasons with Tampa Bay, McIntosh spent 2012 playing with the Orlando Predators and the Iowa Barnstormers.  In 2014, he returned to Orlando where he played under Coach Keefe and made four starts.  He spent last season playing with the Jacksonville Sharks and helped lead the team to a NAL championship while receiving first team All-NAL honors.

Jordan Williams, Wide Receiver
A rookie to Arena Football, Jordan Williams comes to the Empire from Buffalo.  Williams attended Edinboro University as a wide receiver for the first two years of his collegiate career.  He spent his junior season playing defensive back at Liberty University before ultimately transferring back to Edinboro to finish his career as a wide receiver.  He enjoyed an outstanding senior season in his return to Edinboro, racking 54 receptions for over 600 yards and nine touchdowns.  In 2017, Williams was invited to a rookie minicamp with the Buffalo Bills.  Williams is excited to be able to play in his home state of New York and be the new team in town.

Don’t miss your opportunity to witness history as Arena Football returns to Albany!  Fans can secure their single game tickets for the Albany Empire’s inaugural game at TheAlbanyEmpire.com.  Also available are 2018 season and single game tickets, flex packs, group outings and inaugural game family 4 packs at 518-533-2200 or at  TheAlbanyEmpire.com!  Albany Empire 2018 Inaugural Season Presented By CDPHP.

About the Albany Empire
The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, the Albany Empire will begin play on April 14, 2018 at the Times Union Center. Season memberships for the inaugural 2018 season are on sale now.  For tickets, contact the Albany Empire sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to TheAlbanyEmpire.com.  Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/TheAlbanyEmpire Twitter at twitter.com/Albany_Empire , and on Instagram at Instagram.com/Albany_Empire

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