The Columbus Lions have re-signed wide receiver Tristian Purifoy. Purifoy caught 66 passes for 793 yards and 19 touchdowns. Statistically, he was the second leading receiver behind Michael Reeve.
Purifoy began his career in the Arena Football League in 2014 with the Jacksonville Sharks. In that season, he only caught 17 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown.
He was signed by the Tampa Bay Storm the following season. In his two seasons in Tampa, he caught just eight passes for 49 yards and one touchdown.
After being placed on reassignment, he joined the Lions for the inaugural National Arena League season. The Lions, as well as several other teams, were coming from the former Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL).
After their first game, a loss to the Sharks, no one was sure they could take the Lions that seriously. However, they went on to finish the season with a 9-3 record. They also went on to upset the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks in the semifinals.
They even came just yards away from being crowned the NAL champion against Jacksonville. Unfortunately, the Lions turned the ball over with just seconds left and fell 27-21. Purifoy and the team will be looking for redemption as they gear up for 2018.