Former Mountaineer Kent Richardson’s dream if playing in the NFL could come true. For many years, the Arena League has had a good record of sending some of their standout players to the NFL.
For the past two season’s, Richardson has been the leader of the Philadelphia Soul defense. On Sunday night, Richardson broke the Soul record for interceptions in a season with 14 after he recorded two in the Soul’s victory over the Spokane Shock to go along with 4.5 tackles.
The Soul won 62-48 after already locking up the Eastern Division Championship headed into the Playoffs. The team also set a franchise record for victories in a season.
We mentioned at the open how the Arena League has a track record of sending players to the NFL. There isn’t a better team at doing so than Scooter Berry’s Jacksonville Sharks, the defending Arena League Champions.
Over the weekend, San Jose Sabercats defensive lineman Joe Sykes broke the Arena League record for sacks in a single season with 16. It eclipsed the previous mark of 15.5.
On Saturday night, Berry recorded another sack, bringing his total on the season to 13 (team high). He ranks third in the league in sacks.
With two games left to play in the regular season, Berry is a long shot to catch Sykes for most sacks in a season. However, he could surpass the old record before then.
After narrowly missing the Houston Texans roster last season, you can be sure there are NFL scouts who have taken notice of Berry’s play.