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.
The Soul have assigned former Villanova wide receiver Poppy Livers to their roster. Livers was selected after attending an open tryout last month.
“We had over 200 guys at our open tryout and Poppy definitely stood out,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. “We are excited to get Poppy into training camp and hopefully have him confirm our thoughts that his skill set can lead to a phenomenal career in the Arena Football League.”
In his final season at Villanova, Livers had 67 receptions for 987 yards and nine touchdowns. He showed his versatility by rushing seven times for 67 yards and taking 17 punt returns for 129 yards and a touchdown.
The 5-foot-7 wideout was named Second-Team All-CAA and team captain his final year with the Wildcats. He expressed his gratitude to the Soul for the opportunity they have given him.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get an opportunity to continue my football career at the next level, all while staying in the Philadelphia area, the city that has been so great to me,” Livers said. “I am looking forward to getting into training camp and proving that my best football days are still ahead of me.”
Livers will join rookie offensive lineman John Kling and defensive lineman John Sheehy as the few who were selected from the open tryout to compete for a roster spot.
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.