With one month remaining before the 2017 AFL season begins, the Washington Valor have added three veteran players to help bolster their roster. Head coach Dean Cokinos announced that the team has acquired quarterback Sean Brackett, defensive lineman Brandon Sesay, and dexpensive back Terrance Smith.
Brackett is the second quarterback that the Valor have signed along with Erik Meyer. Brackett has spent time with the Las Vegas Outlaws and the Jacksonville Sharks. He played collegiate football at Columbia University, where he earned First Team All-Ivy League honors. Additionally, he also earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy League honors. Other than the AFL, Brackett played for the Qingdao Clipper of the Chints Arena Football League.
“I am very excited to join the Valor,” Brackett said. “They have shown that they are a first-class organization from top to bottom. I look forward to competing and playing for the great fans at Verizon Center.”
Smith brings a plethora of experience to Washington D.C. He spent five seasons with the Sharks, and he was vital to Jacksonville’s ArenaBowl victory in 2011.
In 2012, Smith set team records with 1,707 kickoff return yards as well as 2,984 all-purpose yards. Smith spent the 2016 season with the Los Angeles KISS. He has also been a part of the Green Bay Packers practice squad. “I would like to thank Coach Cokinos for the opportunity,” Smith said. “I can’t wait for the season to start and get to work.” Sesay has been a member of a number of AFL teams.
He’s played for the Iowa Barnstormers, San Antonio Talons, Tampa Bay Storm, and the Portland Steel. He attended Texas Tech after transferring from College of Sequoias. “These are quality signings as we approach training camp,” Cokinos said. “All three are very talented and versatile players that will strengthen our roster in multiple areas. We are very excited to have them on board with the Valor.”
The Valor will open their inaugural season against the Baltimore Brigade at the Verizon Center on April 7.