The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team took down a squad of former Eagles Monday evening in a charity flag football event at the Wells Fargo Center, drawing a final score of 63-35.
Brian Westbrook, Ike Reese, A.J. Feeley and more took part in the “Tribute to Heroes” Flag Football Challenge, sponsored by the Military Benefit Association and Zimmer Tri-Skate, alongside the Soul as a part of their Military Appreciation Night.
Over 25 former Eagles and NFL players participated in the charity game, including Vince Papale and Mike Mayock.
Coaching the Eagles and NFL Alumni team was Soul owner and former Eagles quarterback, Ron Jaworski.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is a group set out to raise awareness and support for wounded warriors and their families. The team includes service members that now use a prosthetic device in their everyday lives, showing the perseverance of our service men and women, both active and former, that continue to face life’s challenges without excuses.
With the win against the Eagles Alumni, the Wounded Warriors record against NFL alumni teams stands at 8-0.
Two defensive backs that helped the Soul win the 2016 ArenaBowl Championship will be returning to the team.
James Romain and Dwayne Hollis will both be back in 2017.
“James and Dwayne are two of the best defensive backs in the Arena Football League,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Having them back gives us the talent and experience to continue to be one of the best defenses in the Arena Football League.”
The Soul led the AFL in interceptions last year with 25. Hollis had eight interceptions, while Romain had five.
Hollis has recorded 101 total tackles, 13 pass break-ups and nine interceptions for 156-yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Soul. He was also named Second-Team All-Arena DB last season. Romain was named a First-Team All-Arena DB in 2015.
The Soul will open up the 2017 season on the road against the Tampa Bay Storm at the Amaile Arena on April 15.
The Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.
Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack.
“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”
King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.
“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said. “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”