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Courtesy: Albany Empire Media Relations

ALBANY– The Albany Empire announce that two players have been assigned to the team roster on the fifth day of free agency.  Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.  The free agency signing period for the Arena Football League began on Monday, March 4.

“We have spent countless hours scouting the best football talent, and that shows throughout the first week of free agency,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire.  “We have unfinished business to settle and one collective goal in mind: bringing a championship back to where it belongs in the Capital Region.”

EJ Levenberry, Linebacker

Originally from Viriginia, EJ Levenberry began his college career at Florida State University with a bang, winning a National Championship in his freshman season with the Seminoles.  He appeared in 13 games during the team’s championship run and chipped in 39 tackles on the season.  The following season, Levenberry and the Seminoles played in the Rose Bowl, falling short to Oregon in 2014. Levenberry then transferred to UConn, where he tied for the team lead with four sacks in his senior year.  Levenberry most recently spent time with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football League.

Cheatham Norrils, Defensive Back

Ohio native, Cheatham Norrils stayed in his home state where he attended the University of Toledo a and made an impact as early as his freshman year.  The defensive back played for five seasons, and as a redshirt senior, was named First Team All-Conference as the team captain.  Following college, Norrils was invited to minicamps with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints before landing in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  After his stint in the CFL, Norrils made his way to the NAL where he played with the Massachusetts Pirates for two seasons.  Last season with the Pirates, Norrils was second on the team in total tackles with 59 and chipped in four interceptions and a fumble recovery.  Norrils most recently spent time in the Alliance of American Football League with the Salt Lake Stallions.

(2000-2015) - San Jose SaberCats Season Ticket Holder (2005-2015) - Ran the fan club for the San Jose SaberCats (2002) - Attended ArenaBowl XVI, San Jose (2008) - Attended ArenaBowl XXII, New Orleans (2015) - Attend ArenaBowl XXVIII, Stockton (2016) - Started 9th Man Nation (2016) - Covered ArenaBowl XXIX, Glendale, AZ

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