MESA, Ariz. – Second Team All-Arena DB/KR VIRGIL GRAY has signed with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
Gray re-signed with the Rattlers on September 22, 2011 for the 2012 roster. This is the eighth Rattler that has been picked up since the end of the 2011 season by the NFL or UFL – one-third of the Arizona 24-man roster.
In Gray’s first season with the Rattlers, he collected 79.5 tackles, 28 pass breakups and 10 interceptions. The defensive back’s interception total (10) and pass breakups (28) place him as the Rattlers’ single-season leader in both categories. As a return specialist, Gray’s 62 returns for 1,445 yards and five touchdowns, for a 23.3 yard average, ranked him as the top AFL return specialist in the 2011 regular season, and second in Rattlers single-season return yards (1,445).
Gray earned the Week 12 Spalding Highlight of the Week honor for his 52-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown in a 63-42 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators. In Week 15, he earned JLS Ironman of the Week honors for his two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a 64-57 victory over the San Jose SaberCats.
In the playoffs, Gray started in all three games, seeing his best performance in a 62-33 victory over the Spokane Shock where he notched a 54-yard return for a touchdown, three pass breakups, 2.5 tackles and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a 37-yard touchdown.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers are a proud member of the Arena Football League, which is in its 25th season with 18 franchises from coast to coast. The Rattlers next home game is March 17, 2012, when they take on the Milwaukee Mustangs in the US Airways Center.
*Photo by Bruce Yeung Photography