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Malden to be home to new spring league pro football team

Posted by Jarret Bencks  January 17, 2013 11:17 AM

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Patrick Pass won three Super Bowls as a member of the New England Patriots.

The Boston Freedom Fighters, part of a new professional spring football league, will call Malden home and plan to hold a combine at Macdonald Stadium later this month, according to an announcement from the team.

The team is part of the National Spring Football League, which is comprised of eight teams and plans to open its inaugural season on the last Saturday of March, according to a schedule on the team's website. Malden's William Spadafora is the team's president.

Other teams will be formed in Atlanta, Arizona, Houston, San Antonio, Virginia, and Rhode Island.

A new turf field was installed at Macdonald Stadium last summer, paving the way for increased use of the facility.

The Freedom Fighters will hold two open combines as it looks to fill out its 50-man roster and 10-man practice squad, the announcement said. The combines will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 and on Sat., Feb. 16 at Macdonald Stadium. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the combine will begin at 10 a.m. The cost to attend the combine is $60 if the players pre-register online at www.bostonfreedomfighters.com and $80 the day of the event.

The team's coaching staff is made up entirely of ex-New England Patriots, according to the team's website. Former Patriots running back Patrick Pass is head coach; former tight end Jermaine Wiggins is associate head coach; ex-linebacker Vernon Crawford is the defense coordinator; and lineman Max Lane is the line coach.

For more information on the Freedom Fighters and the combines, visit the team's website.


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