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Rod Windsor names Russell Athletic Rookie of the Year

Tuesday August 18, 2009

CHICAGO – Rio Grande Valley WR ROD WINDSOR has been named the 2009 Russell Athletic Rookie of the Year, as selected by a vote of arenafootball2 head coaches and media members.
 
The 6-2, 208-pound rookie from Western New Mexico had arguably the best receiving season in af2 history with the Dorados in 2009. Windsor set four new league single-season records in his inaugural league campaign: scoring (362 points), receiving touchdowns (59), total touchdowns (59) and receptions (184). His efforts helped Rio GrandeValley earn their third playoff berth in team history on the strength of the club's 9-7 regular season standing (3rd in Southwest Division).
 
Former Tulsa WR DONOVAN MORGAN (2005) owned the previous league-high standards for total touchdowns (54) and points scored (346). Morgan shared the previous af2 record of 54 receiving TDs with Louisville's ROB MAGER (2006). Albany's COREY HILL was the league's previous single-season leader in receptions with 161 set in 2002 and 2003.
 
Windsor also recorded the second-highest, single-season receiving yards total in league history with 2,364 in 15 games played. His yard mark fell 26 yards short of the af2-record mark set this year by QuadCity veteran WR JESSE SCHMIDT (2,390). The previous league record for receiving yards in a season of 2,086 yards was set in 2000 by CARL BOND of Tallahassee.  
 
One week after setting four league single-season records, Windsor set two af2 postseason game records in the team’s National Conference First Round playoff contest at Bossier-Shreveport. Despite the result (56-46 loss), he caught 18 passes for 211 yards and four TDs – all game-high marks. His 18 receptions and 211 yards receiving both set new postseason records. The previous receptions record was 17.
 
Windsor’s receiving yards mark was eclipsed by Tulsa WR JEFF HUGHLEY's 241-yard total (14 catches) one week later in the Talon's Semifinal Round victory against the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings.
 
Windsor was a four-time weekly league award winner in 2009. He earned the Big Game Catch of the Week for Week 1 and Week 8 and the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9 and Week 16. He was also recently named to the National Conference All-af2 First Team. 
 
This Saturday, August 22, the American Conference Champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (16-3) tackle the National Conference Champion Spokane Shock (18-1) in the 2009 ArenaCup at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PST.
 
Tickets to ArenaCup10 in Las Vegas are available by visiting www.orleansarena.com, all Coast Casinos box offices, The Galleria at Sunset or by calling 800-675-3267 and mention code: ARENACUP.
 
About Russell Athletic
For more than 100 years, Russell Athletic has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of team uniforms at the high school, college, and professional level. Russell Athletic activewear and college licensed products are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains, and college bookstores. For more information, log onto www.russellathletic.com.
 

Remaining 2009 af2 Award Announcements:
JLS Ironman of the Year – Wednesday, Aug. 19