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AFL Playoffs Game 1: Players of the Week

Wednesday July 18, 2018

 Nelson and Obi help keep the Valor close in first game of playoffs

LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced that Washington Valor’s quarterback Arvell Nelson and defensive back Fred Obi have been named as the offensive and defensive players of the week for the first games of the AFL Playoffs, respectively.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Nelson (6’5, 230, Texas Southern) completed 26-of-38 passes for 259 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 22 yards and two touchdowns in the Valor’s 57-56 overtime loss to the Albany Empire. Nelson finished the regular season with 129-of-212 passing for 1,509 yards, seven interceptions, and 27 touchdowns. He also had 127 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Obi (6’1, 190, San Diego) compiled 10.0 total tackles and one interception in last week’s overtime loss to the Empire. In five games played with the Valor, the three-year veteran finished the 2018 regular season with 17 total tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups, five passes defended, and one fumble recovery.


WEEK 1 – Baltimore’s Randy Hippeard (Offensive) and Philadelphia’s Torez Jones (Defensive)

WEEK 2 – Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds (Offensive) and Philadelphia’s James Romain (Defensive)

WEEK 3 – Albany’s Joe Hills (Offensive) and Baltimore’s Virgil Gray (Defensive)

WEEK 4 – Albany’s Tommy Grady (Offensive) and Albany’s Marrio Norman (Defensive)

WEEK 5 – Albany’s Malachi Jones (Offensive) and Albany’s Joe Sykes (Defensive)

WEEK 6 – Washington’s Reggie Gray (Offensive) and Washington’s Alvin Ray Jackson (Defensive)

WEEK 7 – Philadelphia’s Greg McGhee (Offensive) and Albany’s Terence Moore (Defensive)

WEEK 8 – Albany’s Tommy Grady (Offensive) and Philadelphia’s LaRico Stevenson (Defensive)

WEEK 9 – Baltimore’s Randy Hippeard (Offensive) and Washington’s Fred Obi (Defensive)

WEEK 10 – Philadelphia’s Aaron Wascha (Offensive) and Baltimore’s Joe Powell (Defensive)

WEEK 11 – Philadelphia’s Jeramie Richardson (Offensive) and Philadelphia’s Dwayne Hollis (Defensive)

WEEK 12 – Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh (Offensive) and Albany’s Terence Moore (Defensive)

WEEK 13 – Albany’s Tommy Grady (Offensive) and Philadelphia’s James Romain (Defensive)


The Arena Football League will enter its 31st Season in 2018. Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League’s streaming “Over-the-Top” network to give fans even more access to the League on For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball).