RiverHawks building team for inaugural season

01/07/03 RiverHawks Press Release

KNOXVILLE, TN-  The Tennessee RiverHawks are continuing to build the Indoor Football team that will represent Knoxville in the 2003 National Indoor Football League season.

Broderick Simpson, a 6'2” 225 lb linebacker, has signed with the RiverHawks to be a part of the inaugural season team, which begins play March 22 at home, against the Ohio Valley Greyhounds. "Broderick played with the Tennessee ThunderCats, and this year we want to take advantage of his strength and knowledge of the game," said RiverHawks General Manager/Offensive Coordinator, Garmez Parks.

Simpson played at the University of Oklahoma from 1992-96 earning several collegiate honors.   After college, Simpson played in Europe and then returned to play two seasons with the Tennessee ThunderCats before the team collapsed in 2002.   During the 2002 ThunderCats season, Simpson led a defense that was fifth in the NIFL,  only giving up 187 yards per game.  Simpson had 52 solo tackles, 45 assisted tackles, totaling 97 tackles, on the year.  He also had 4 interceptions with 54 return yards and one touchdown.

The RiverHawks current roster is composed of all players that finished the 2002 season with the Tennessee ThunderCats organization.  Many of those players will also be  signed and invited to attend the RiverHawks training camp.

The next RiverHawks open tryout will be held January 25 from 5-10pm at the ThunderPlex on Lovell Road.  The pre-registration fee is $50 ($55 day of tryout).  Registration forms can be obtained by calling the RiverHawks front office at 865-637-2000.


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