The United Football League (aka JP Losman’s League) kicked off their inaugural season this week with a handful of local players dotting the rosters of the league’s four teams.
Former Washington wide receiver Sonny Shackelford is a starter for the California Redwoods. Shackelford played under Keith Gilbertson and Tyrone Willingham during his college career. He graduated in 2007.
In addition to Shackelford, ex-Husky defensive back Tony Parrish is a safety for the Las Vegas Locomotives. Parrish most recently played in the NFL in 2006 with Dallas, and had his best years with the San Francisco 49ers earlier in the decade. He was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft.
Other local players in the UFL include former Whitworth University and Interlake High School tight end Michael Allan (California Redwoods); former Western Washington long snapper/fullback Matt Overton (Florida Tuskers); former Washington State defensive back Wale Dada (Las Vegas Locomotives); and former Eastern Washington defensive back Isaiah Trufant, brother of Marcus and Desmond (Las Vegas Locomotives).
Some notable ex-NFL players, with most notable NFL team in parentheses, include:
RB Josh Scobey, Las Vegas (Seahawks)
WR Samie Parker, Las Vegas (Chiefs)
QB Tim Rattay, Las Vegas (49ers)
RB Marcel Shipp, Las Vegas (Cardinals)
QB JP Losman, Las Vegas (Bills)
QB Quinn Gray, New York (Jaguars)
LB Simeon Rice, New York (Buccaneers)
RB Cecil Sapp, New York (Broncos)
RB Tatum Bell, Florida (Broncos)
QB Brooks Bollinger, Florida (Cowboys/Vikings)
DB Dexter Jackson, Florida (Buccaneers)
RB Michael Pittman, Florida (Buccaneers)
P Todd Sauerbrun, Florida (Panthers)
LB Odell Thurman, Florida (Bengals)
QB Mike McMahon, California (Lions)
RB BJ Sams, California (Ravens)