The Cleveland Gladiators welcomed back a familiar name on Thursday when the team announced that they were assigned defensive lineman Willie McGinnis. McGinnis, 27, played the 2014 and 2015 seasons for the Glads. McGinnis played a major factor during Cleveland’s record breaking season in 2014, a team that won a franchise record 19 games during the regular season and playoffs, while locking up home field for Arena Bowl XXVII.
McGinnis earned second team All-Arena in 2014, leading the team in sacks with 8.5. He then topped himself the next season with 9.5 which was also a career high for the pass rusher out of the University of Rhode Island. There he earned CAA All-American honors in back to back seasons and he also received the Jackie Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010.
In McGinnis’ Arena Football League career McGinnis has 26 sacks and nine forced fumbles, three of which were recovered by the defense. Last season, he was a member of the Orlando Predators.