Running back Undra Hendrix II has been around the league since his career season with the High Country Grizzlies in 2017. It has been a bumpy road, but Hendrix is not ready to give up just yet.
His arena football career began in Laredo, TX. He also played in Amarillo, TX before joining the Jacksonville Sharks. He was traded from Jacksonville when they signed a running back by the name of Derrick Ross.
Hendrix went on to sign with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2015. In two seasons there, he recorded just 11 rushes for 14 yards and two touchdowns. He then signed with the High Country Grizzlies (Boone, NC) in the new National Arena League in 2017.
In 10 games, Hendrix rushed for 301 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. He was the league’s second-leading rusher behind the man that took his spot in Jacksonville, Derrick Ross. Hendrix was on top of the world. Then, the world came crumbling down on him and the team.
“The city was great. Coach [Joshua Resignalo] was great, and coach Damien Daniels was good. The players we had at the beginning were great core players but injuries and housing issues cause a rift between management and players and three weeks before playoff run, three starting [offensive linemen] we had quit and Stephen Panasuk had went home to be with his wife during her pregnancy so it crumble at the end.
“But playing with Malachi Jones and Brandon Sutton and De’Markus Berry, we built a bond that will never be broken. I wish that organization nothing but the best and that great city,” he said.
High Country went on to join the new American Arena League (AAL), but Hendrix didn’t join them. He went on to sign with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks for the 2018 season. After just two games, Hendrix was traded to the Carolina Corbas. Just 24 hours later, he was traded to the Massachusetts Pirates.
After just one game with the Pirates, against his former team in the Steelhawks, Hendrix was once again traded. “Coach [Ameer Ismail] said they couldn’t house me and they had two guys coming off IR, so they were releasing me,” Hendrix told Inside the Arena.
After three teams, three games and just one touchdown rush, Hendrix was a free agent. He doesn’t feel any more betrayed by anyone than he does by the Pirates.
“Why trade for me just to release me?,” he asked rhetorically. “It’s like you didn’t know anything about me and obviously didn’t think I was good enough. So I definitely will always have that in back of my mind and a chip on my shoulder.”
No matter where he plays next, Hendrix wants a chance. “I’m the best fullback besides Ross. My stats from last year and years in afl speak from experience,” he said. “I can play Mack and nose [tackle], as well.”