The Florida Tarpons have re-signed quarterback Chris Wallace for the 2018 season. This will be the Tarpons seventh season of play and their first in the American Arena League.
As for Wallace, this is his 18th season in arena football. His career began with the Carolina Rhinos of the af2 in 2000. He has played for the Orlando Predators, New Orleans Voodoo and Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League. During his time, he threw for 1,283 yards and 19 touchdowns.
After his stint in the AFL, Wallace spent eight seasons with the Florida Firecats in the af2. He set several league records, such as career touchdowns (484) and passes completed (1,797).
“It’s the same thing that anybody who has a long tenure at something, it’s just a love for the game,” Wallace said. “It’s the camaraderie in the locker room, players going out there with one common goal. It’s a special thing. It’s not like anything else. I’ve played basketball, played baseball, there’s just something about a football locker room. I fell in love with arena football from day one.”
Wallace will be playing his fifth season with the Florida Tarpons (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). Florida played in the Arena Pro Football in its lone season in 2017, losing to the Richmond Roughriders in the championship game.
After six seasons playing in Fort Meyers, the Tarpons moved to Lakeland, FL for 2018. They, along with the Roughriders and other teams from the Arena Pro Football, will play in the American Arena League’s inaugural season in 2018.
Florida will kick off their season on March 17 against the expansion Atlanta Havoc. Their home opener will be on April 14 against the Roughriders. The American Arena League title game is set for Saturday, June 30.