With just nine games under his belt as an Arizona Rattler, FB ODIE ARMSTRONG is fifth in Rattlers franchise history with 13 rushing touchdowns. A league leader in rushing yardage (349 yards) in 2010 with the Tulsa Talons, Armstrong has 176 rushing yards this season and averages a bruising 4.1 yards per carry.
Armstrong starred at Northwest Oklahoma State University where he was a dominant force in his squad’s rushing attack, accumulating 1,230 yards in only eight games in 2005.
After helping the Talons claim an ArenaCup Championship (arenafootball2) in 2007, Armstrong earned AFL All-Rookie team honors with the Orlando Predators in 2008 (catching seven TDs and rushing for two). He then joined the UFL in 2009 where he played for the California Redwoods.
RATTLERS: You are currently averaging 23.1 yards per game this season. What are your thoughts on your production in the run game?
ARMSTRONG: Coach Kevin Guy is doing a great job of running the ball. We have a great line and the holes are wide open.
RATTLERS: Where do you find your energy and your motivation to keep going in such a demanding sport?
ARMSTRONG: I love the game. All the guys here have a goal to win a championship, and I do it for them. My family is down here in Arizona, and I play for them as well.
RATTLERS: When did you realize that you could make an impact in the Arena Football League?
ARMSTRONG: My first Arena game after college, the coaches threw me in there in the middle of the fire and things just came naturally to me.
RATTLERS: What has been your biggest accomplishment as a football player?
ARMSTRONG: I would say winning an ArenaCup Championship in 2007. But also being able to support my family overall through the game of football is something I love to do.
RATTLERS: Your game this week will be broadcasted to a national audience on the NFL Network (coverage starts at 5 p.m.); does it motivate you knowing that more people will be watching than usual?
ARMSTRONG: I think it motivates us all. It gives us an opportunity to show Arena Football fans and other teams just what we can do on the field.
RATTLERS: More than halfway through the regular season, what is your perception on the team’s progress?
ARMSTRONG: Of course we would like to be undefeated, but it’s good that we have experienced the feeling of a loss because it gives us something to work on as the season goes on so we can finish it out strong.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Rattlers’ next home game is Saturday, May 28 against the East Division leading Cleveland Gladiators at US Airways Center; kickoff is slated for 7:00pm (AZ TIME). The game will be televised LIVE on Fox Sports Arizona. The Arizona Rattlers are a proud member of the Arena Football League, which is in its 24th season with 18 franchises from coast to coast.
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