Inside the Arena recently had the opportunity to speak with the former Corpus Christi Rage quarterback Kyle Cool.
In 2017, Cool saw action in seven games for the Rage, completing 25 of 71 passing attempts for a total of 357 yards and five touchdowns.
We asked Kyle about his time in the inaugural season in the National Arena League and Cool was quick to speak highly of both the league and the Sparkling City by the Sea.
“I thought it was a great experience playing in the National Arena League. It is a very competitive league with a lot of great athletes who have played on very big stages, including the highest stage, the NFL” said the fourth-year quarterback. “I very much enjoyed playing and living in the city of Corpus Christi, TX.
It is a very fun beach town and a great environment for football. It is unfortunate that operations ceased here in Corpus Christi,” Cool said. The Rage had previously announced that they would not be continuing operations in the 2018 season after one season in the NAL.
But the end of the Texas-based team wouldn’t be the end of Cool’s time in the National Arena League. By year’s end, he would be signed by the Columbus Lions.
Cool recalled how the path had opened for him to head to the Lions. “Coach Gibson reached out to me not long after the conclusion of the 2017 NAL season,” he recalled, “he was aware that the organization in Corpus had folded and was wondering if I wanted a shot to come in and compete for the starting job in training camp.
“I had a few other offers from some IFL teams and CIF but ultimately stuck with Columbus for my decision,” Cool added.
He expanded on the key phrase “compete for the start” as the Columbus Lions already have a one quarterback in second year Lion Mason Espinosa.
“Well, Mason is a very talented quarterback and he has an impressive background to show for it. He had a spectacular college career and shown some promise in his professional career as well,” Cool said of his new teammate. “The guy is a winner and I think being around him will only make myself work that much harder, and be that much better of a teammate.”
Cool didn’t shy away from saying that he’s ready for the task at hand, and that his interest lies in helping the Lions be the best team possible.
“I plan to come to camp prepared and ready to work for that spot. Mason and I are very different style quarterbacks so we will be able to build off each others strengths and weaknesses,” Cool said. “It should be a fun competition and fun training camp all around. I am looking forward to my new opportunity in Columbus in 2018 with a top-tier organization in this league.”
Whether Cool or Espinosa is the starting quarterback, the Lions will be looking for redemption in 2018 after losing the inaugural National Arena League title game in 2017. Their road to revenge kicks off on April 13 when they host the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.