The Richmond Roughriders recently announced that they will be joining the American Arena League (AAL). The Roughriders were the first and only Arena Pro League Champions, going undefeated en route to a win in the APF title game in early June.
Richmond’s decision to join the AAL makes this league highly competitive. This decision is good for all AAL fans, being that Richmond will play in the Nothern Divison. The must-see matchup will be between the APF champion Roughriders and Can-Am champion Vermont Bucks.
The Roughriders are lead by owners Greg Fornario and Mike Kacor, as well as head coach and arena football veteran Mook Zimmerman. This off-season, the Roughriders already jumped off the bet with amazing signings, such as Cam White from TCU, who recently played with Calgary Stampead of the CFL.
They have also signed defensive lineman Ronald Ollie from Nicholls State University & East Mississippi Community College. He was part of the Netflix documentary Last Chance U. Another huge key singing from the Roughriders is Second team All – IFL offensive lineman D’Angelo McCray.
The Roughriders also look to bring back their well known veterans like Davon Morgan, Herb Jones, James Carter, Maurice Thorne, Daniel Lee, Keontae Hollis, and star quarterback Jimmy Laughrae. Just recently the Roughriders has signed Defensive Lineman from Columbus Lions, Davlon Stuckey. There are more key players Richmond should look to bring aboard on their new goal to bring an AAL Championship to Richmond.
The decision to leave the NAL came from Fornario. He saw that the AAL was picking up steam and bringing in top teams like the Triangle Torch, Cape Fear Heroes, Georgia Doom, and many more.
The American Arena League is still expanding with more teams to come, as well. The AAL made a huge annoucement regarding a franchise being place in Atlanta, GA last week, too. That team will be called the ” Atlanta Havoc”. That was enough for Fornario to pull the trigger and switch his commitment from the NAL to AAL.
It didnt help that the NAL is stalling about making any annoucements regarding the new teams like Orlando, Rhode Island, Boston and others.
Recently, a post was made about the New York Dragons making a return to join the NAL. Since then, there is no confirmation stating that the rumor is true.
That played a huge part in why the Roughriders decided to switch leagues. Also, Fornario will be taking on a huge role in the AAL front office, making sure that all teams who are trying to join the new American Arena League have a strong management team and are a stable organization overall.
Richmond is not done just yet with making major announcements. In the next few weeks, the Roughriders will be holding a press conferences announcing a mega partership.