Former Lehigh Valley Steelhawks quarterback and National Arena League MVP Warren Smith, Jr. has signed with the Washington Valor. Smith Jr and the Steelhawks lost the NAL semifinals to the Columbus Lions.
Smith led the league in many different passing categories, including passing completions (169), yards (1,953) and touchdowns (56). Lehigh Valley and Columbus both joined the National Arena League after both teams played in the American Indoor Football League (AIF) in 2016 and the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) in 2015.
Smith Jr. is the fourth quarterback the Valor have signed in their first season. They started veteran quarterback Erik Meyer Week 1 with Bernard Morris backing him up. Meyer was injured early in the season then retired and Morris signed with the Monterrey Steel in the NAL.
Sean Brackett has started for Washington since Meyer went down with injury. Unfortunately, he has not played well enough to even win a game in Washington. The Valor have lost 10 in a row since winning their first ever game and are all but eliminated from playoff contention.
Signing Smith is just a move to end the season strong. They may be looking to start him for the team’s final three games and end on a high note.
The Valor are one of two new expansion franchises in the Arena Football League. Both the Valor and the Baltimore Brigade are owned by owner of Monumental Sports and Entertainment Ted Leonsis.
The Arena Football League is currently playing its 30th season. Five teams are competing for the right to win ArenaBowl XXX. The game is scheduled to be played Saturday, Aug. 26.