About the Show Me Believers

10/29/02 Believers Press Release

About the Team:  Playing for the first time as the Show Me Believers, the team made believers out of more than 9000 fans who attended the last two games of the 2002 season.  In their first game under new leadership, the team beat Winston Salem, a team that had defeated them by nearly 50 points earlier in the season. 

About The Ownership:  The Believers principal owner, Ed Watkins, is nationally known for his work in the area of career productivity.  In 1979, the career productivity program he developed was declared a national model by then U.S. Education Commissioner Ernest Boyer.  He was a member of the Reagan White House Conference on Productivity and wrote the book Preparing Liberal Arts Students for Careers and the popular Occupational Literacy Exam (the OLE).  Watkins founded the National Fantasy Baseball Camps for the Hearing Impaired.   For his sports leadership, he is a recipient of the year 2000Sporting Good Manufacturing Award selected by the National Association of Broadcasters and Sportswriters.  He is also a recipient of the Governors’ Platinum Leadership Award for his contributions to health and fitness.

Lou Brock first came to national prominence because of his baseball ability.  He was the first to break Ty Cobb’s supposedly unbreakable stolen base record.  Before his career was over, he joined, what were then only a few men in the history of baseball to accumulate over 3,000 hits.  More recently, Lou Brock has established his leadership in the business world as the head of a licensing and promotion company, Brock World, and the co-leader with wife Rev. Jacqueline Brock of Brock Ministries.  In April of 2002, Lou Brock was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association, an organization frequently referred to as the Businessmen’s Hall of Fame.  There ceremony took place in the chambers of the United States Supreme Court and Brock joins such former honorees as Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Dwight Eisenhower, etc.

About the Coaching Staff:  Warren Powers has the second highest  winning coach (percentage) in University of Missouri history.  He took the Tigers to five bowl games in seven years, and his team was ranked in the Top Twenty in three of those years.  As a player, Powers starred with the University of Nebraska and later with the Oakland Raiders.

Former NFL Assistant Coach Carl Hargrave is an Assistant Coach and the Career Coach for the Believers.  Carl recruited and mentored Heisman Award Winner Andre Ware as well as a number of Pro Bowlers.  He has his own successful career mentoring business.  Former Powers’ University of Missouri head recruiter and assistant Steve Miller and former Cheney State head coach Johnny Parker round out an assistant coaching staff that is as strong or stronger as any in the indoor football arena.

About the Name:  Ed Watkins first considered the name Believers when he heard the popular song, “I’m a Believer”.  A follower of Christ, a husband and father of two, Watkins dedicated the last game to “Faith, Family and Flag”.  The game attracted approximately 6,000 people according to the Post-Dispatch.  Owner Lou Brock and Rams star Ernie Conwell officially named a team that is representative of the owners’ commitment to faith, family and flag.

About the League and the Family Arena:  The National Indoor Football League (NIFL) consists of 26 teams from coast run by people who have a strong track record of fielding successful indoor football teams.  The Family Arena is located in St. Charles, Missouri and clearly is the pride of the NIFL with a capacity of nearly 10,000 fans.

About the Hall of Fame Opening Game:  The Believers’ are dedicating the first game to current and future Hall of Famers representing every major sport.  This event will kick-off our season but, more importantly, will serve as a lasting tribute to the best of the best.  You will not want to miss this event!


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