More than 60 football hopefuls arrived with the same aspiration: to impress former New England Patriots running back Patrick Pass, a three-time Super Bowl champion, and his fellow coaches, also former NFL players, enough to earn a spot on the Boston Freedom Fighters roster. Next
The Boston Freedom Fighters held a practice at Macdonald Stadium.
Pictured: Chuck Gennetti from Wilmington uses brooms to sweep snow off the artificial turf. Next
The Freedom Fighters’ first game is March 30 in San Antonio.
Pass said the goal is to have a 60-man roster — including 10 practice squad members — set by training camp, which is scheduled to start March 4. Next
“We want someone who is coachable, and someone we don’t have to teach to play the game of football all over again,” Pass said. “We want someone who can listen, take directions well, and play hard.”
Pictured: Junior St. Surin, of Malden High School, throws a pass. Next
The idea of locating in Boston started when Terrell Parham, the NSFL’s chief executive, contacted Malden businessman Bill Spadafora and asked if he was interested in forming a team.
“There’s always been a need for a pro developmental league, because the NFL doesn’t have that,” said Spadafora, the owner of the Freedom Fighters. “We’re not sanctioned by [the NFL], but we’re hoping, with success, we will be at some given point.”
Pictured: Owner Bill Spadafora from Malden talks to the players. Next
Through sponsors like AT&T, the players will receive NFL-like amenities. All of the equipment, flights, lodging, and meals are paid for while on the road, and players will be signed to contracts. Back to the beginning
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