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We’ve got our first player to jump to the Arena League

Troy Bergeron

Troy Bergeron ended last season on the Cowboys practice squad, but he doesn’t want to wait for the lockout to end to get back to work.

Bergeron signed on with the Cleveland Gladiators in a return to his AFL roots.  He signed a futures contract with Dallas after last season, but the contract no longer applied because of the lockout.   Bergeron also spent time with Atlanta and Buffalo last year.

Returning to the AFL won’t be especially lucrative for Bergeron, so he’s clearly in it for the love of the game.  The decision may even mildly annoy Jerry Jones, which is something most players can get behind.

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20 Responses to “We’ve got our first player to jump to the Arena League”
  1. quickwitt says: Mar 16, 2011 8:44 AM

    Troy and AFL go back many years. Great player with Georgia Force but just not good enough to make it with Falcons after a couple of camps. Good luck Troy, hope you do well with Cleveland.

  2. myspaceyourface says: Mar 16, 2011 8:54 AM

    WHY bang on a guy who is trying to provide for his family.

  3. kellyb9 says: Mar 16, 2011 9:21 AM

    There is no guarantee that the NFL is going to have a season this year, and there’s particularly no guarantee that he’ll have a job on one of the 32 teams if they do have a season. He’s going where the jobs are – good for him.

  4. wwwmattcom says: Mar 16, 2011 9:25 AM

    hhhmmm, if Ed McMahaon had only started the XFL this year, he could have cleaned up. That would make the owners jump to a deal; otherwise they could say goodbye to the likes of the names, Manning, Brady et cetera. Bring in the replacements!!!

  5. JMil_ATL says: Mar 16, 2011 9:27 AM

    My family and I met Troy’s wife and daughter during last year’s Falcons’ practices. I wish nothing but the best for he and his family. I’m glad to see that he has picked up somewhere in this time of uncertainty.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Mar 16, 2011 9:45 AM

    He just went back to playing instead of practicing. “Practice? Practice? Were talking about PRACTICE”!

  7. imongo says: Mar 16, 2011 9:55 AM

    The man has to work…good for him.

  8. bhindenemylines says: Mar 16, 2011 9:56 AM

    wwwmattcom says: hhhmmm, if Ed McMahon had only started the XFL this year, he could have cleaned up.

    Ummm….yeah….Ed McMahon is dead.

    I think the name you were looking for is Vince McMahon.

  9. whOaLECKNA says: Mar 16, 2011 10:00 AM

    The decision may even mildly annoy Jerry Jones

    LOL @ that suggestion

  10. bsizemore68 says: Mar 16, 2011 10:18 AM

    Replacements is the wrong word, its scabs, blood suckers and they could be after your job, even if you are willing to keep working, employers are looking for the cheapest labor they can find, no job is safe. Bill

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 16, 2011 10:36 AM

    Jerry was “mildly annoyed” when his practice bubble collapsed an paralyzed one of his most loyal and longest tenured assistants. You think he gives a crap about Troy Bergeron?

  12. easyeddie says: Mar 16, 2011 10:40 AM

    Damn, he was my fantasy keeper.

  13. psdaleno says: Mar 16, 2011 10:49 AM

    Wish you the best. You’re supporting your family and you still love the game. Good for you!

  14. steelersmichele says: Mar 16, 2011 10:58 AM

    “…he’s clearly in it for the love of the game”

    Wow. I haven’t heard that in reference to a player in a long time.

  15. griblets says: Mar 16, 2011 11:00 AM

    “Replacements is the wrong word, its scabs, blood suckers and they could be after your job, even if you are willing to keep working, employers are looking for the cheapest labor they can find, no job is safe. Bill”

    If someone is willing to work for less, and perform reasonably as well, wouldn’t you hire him/her to keep your costs down and either your prices more competitive or your profit higher?

    Without labor competition, prices get artificially high. But I’ve NEVER heard anyone complain about the price of a $100 nosebleed ticket or $10 beer. Ever.

  16. trickbunny says: Mar 16, 2011 11:03 AM

    Oh come on- Everyone knows that Ed McMahon founded the XFL and Troy Bergeron hosted shows like Dancing with the Stars, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Hollywood Squares before getting into football.

  17. emdub52 says: Mar 16, 2011 11:16 AM

    I hope more players do this… Football is football, weather it’s played on an NFL feild, an arena feild, or in my back yard. Good for him.

  18. sdboltaction says: Mar 16, 2011 11:17 AM

    @Bsizeless

    Isn’t that capitalism and what makes economies thrive…?

  19. fedupsaintsfan says: Mar 17, 2011 8:35 AM

    Good for him!

  20. play4blood says: Mar 17, 2011 1:23 PM

    Non-story. He was going to end up in the AFL again anyway.

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