The five-time world champion Arizona Rattlers were assigned wide receiver Maurice Purify for the 2016 Arena Football League (AFL) season on Thursday. This will be his fourth season with the Rattlers, his sixth in the AFL.
Purify was an integral part of the Rattlers back-to-back-to-back championships from 2012-14. In 2012 he caught seven touchdowns to help the Rattlers beat the Philadelphia Soul in ArenaBowl XXV and was named the Offensive Player of the Game. In 2013 he hauled in two more touchdowns to beat the Soul again in ArenaBowl XXVI. He earned first team All-Arena honors in 2012.
“Purify has always been a reliable guy for the organization,” General Manager and Head Coach Kevin Guy said. “He brings a different dimension to the receiving corp with his physicality and his ability to run after the catch.”
Purify played for the Georgia Force in 2011 catching 129 passes for 1,650 yards and 46 touchdowns. He then spent the next three seasons with the Rattlers. Over those three seasons he had 261 receptions for 3,907 yards and 85 touchdowns. He then spent last year with the San Jose SaberCats.
Purify spent time on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad after being picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He was a part of the practice squad again in 2009 and was released during the end of the 2009 season.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver went to San Francisco City College then transferred to the University of Nebraska. While at Nebraska, Purify was Second-Team All-Big 12 in 2006 and Honorable Mention in 2007. Purify finished his collegiate career in the top ten in school history for receptions, touchdown receptions, and receiving yards.
Purify earned 2005 California Community College Football Coaches Association first-team All-America honors and Region I first-team All-California honors at wide receiver. He was a part of the San Francisco City College team that went 10-2 and ended with a loss in the junior college state championship contest, a game in which Purify earned offensive MVP honors.