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DJ Stephens and Matt Armstrong added to the 2016 LA KISS roster

Friday December 18, 2015

 Los Angeles, CA (December 18, 2015)- The LA KISS continue to add players with NFL experience to their 2016 roster. Today they announce the assignment of wide receiver, DJ Stephens and center, Matt Armstrong. Both Stephens and Armstrong were a part of the San Jose SaberCats 2015 ArenaBowl championship.

“Stephens is a very skilled receiver,” said Head Coach, Omarr Smith. “He’s young but he has experience in this league and will add much needed competition, to an already deep wide receiving core. Stephen’s has made big plays, in big games.”

Stephens (5'11", 180 lbs, Wide Receiver) is entering his 5th season in the AFL. He spent his first 3 seasons with the San Antonio Talons, where he became known across the league as the “touchdown machine”. Over his last 2 seasons with the team, from 2013-2014, he totaled 35 touchdowns. Stephens was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats for the 2015 season. He appeared in 11 games, racking up 681 receiving yards on 44 receptions, while scoring 11 touchdowns.

The native of Santa Clarita, CA, played 1 season of college football at University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he caught 62 passes for 689 yards and 9 touchdowns. Prior to the AFL, Stephens was brought into the training camp of the Indianapolis Colts, in 2012. He also attended John F. Kennedy high school in Los Angeles, CA.

“Armstrong is young and talented,” said Head Coach, Omarr Smith. “He has experience at one of the toughest positions in this league, the center. Armstrong is versatile and he comes with high accolades, being one of the top Division II centers in the country.”

Armstrong (6'2", 305 lbs, Center) spent his 2015 rookie season with the San Jose SaberCats. He started 3 games for the SaberCats and saw action in 2 others. Before the AFL, Armstrong was invited to the New Orleans Saints training camp, and participated in all 4 pre-season games, where he acquired valuable NFL experience.

The native of Lansing, Michigan attended Grand Valley State University, where he played 48 games over the course of his career. Armstrong became known as one of the best Division II offensive lineman in the country. During his time as a Laker, he was named to the "First-Team All-Great Lakes" 3 times and was the "GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year". Armstrong ended his collegiate-career by taking home the "Rimington Award", an award which is given to the top Division II center in the country.

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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two of the greatest showmen of all time, brought pro football to Los Angeles with the formation of LA KISS Football. In just one year, LA KISS has become a phenomenon by taking the KISS mentality and applying it to a sports team. LA KISS represents the fusion of entertainment and sports like no other brand and delivers an all-encompassing in-game experience that is second to none. LA KISS ownership combines over 40 years of success in both entertainment, sports and business. The leadership team looks to challenge and redefine the term “sports entertainment” by applying the KISS mindset to everything they do. For more information, visit or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.