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ARENA NOTES: Linebacker Brown is Back, Sharks Resign QB Fafaul and Williams

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (SportsDay) – The 2019 National Arena League Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced the re-signing of linebacker/fullback Zack Brown.

Earlier this week Quarterback Mike Fafaul rejoined Jacksonville. The Sharks also announced the return wide receiver Jordan Williams.

Brown comes back for his fourth season of arena football and second with Jacksonville.

In 2019, Brown played on both sides of the ball and quickly established himself as a fan favorite.   As a 1st team All-NAL Linebacker he had 32 tackles, 7.5 sacks, five pass breakups, one forced fumble, blocked one kick while leading the Sharks in fumble recoveries with three. 

While playing fullback Brown rushed 20 times for 38 yards and eight touchdowns. On the ground, both of Zack’s best games came against the Columbus Lions.

Prior to joining the Sharks, Brown played in the American Arena League (AAL). Brown was a star linebacker/fullback for the Atlanta Havoc helping them to a 2018 championship game victory.

Fafaul is entering his third season of arena football and second with Jacksonville.

“Always good to have your field general back. Any time you can get your starting quarterback back is a blessing. Even more so when he has won you a championship. I know Mike is looking forward to building on what we accomplished last season. I always thought very highly of Mike, but with another year under his belt, I believe he can be even better in 2021.” Said Sharks Head Coach James Fuller. 

Fafaul played in 13 games for the Sharks with notable appearances in key games, including the 2019 NAL Championship where he threw 15 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns including the game-winning touchdown with only seven seconds left on the clock.

Overall, Fafaul finished 2019 as the most efficient passer in the NAL going 148-218 in passing for 1,594 yards with 41 touchdowns.

Williams joins the Sharks after spending the 2019 season with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League (AFL). 

He competed in ArenaBowl XXXII against his former team the Albany Empire.  Williams had a career total of 27 receptions for 379 yards and four touchdowns. He also spent time as a kick returner for the Soul where he returned 48 kicks for 644 yards.

“We are excited to have Jordan back in 2021, his work ethic is what has impressed me the most, he refuses to be outworked. He is a versatile wide receiver with big-play potential. Has great hands and the speed to separate from defensive backs,” Fuller said.

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