So, a group of us writers had a thought. “What if we wrote an article about the Top 20 players in the SFL?” Sounds like a great idea, right? While discussing who we believed belongs on this prestigious list, disagreements followed more debate and we eventually wound up with more than our aforementioned 20. This article is about those fringe players that barely missed the cut. So we’ll give them an honorable mention. The word ‘honourable’ has never been more poignant.
BALTIMORE VULTURES QB MIKE DAZZO
A wily veteran, Dazzo was number 1 in completion percentage (76.6) and least sacks taken (14) as well as top 4 in touchdown passes (25) and least interceptions thrown (21). His 9th season in the league was one of his best as he helped Baltimore make the playoffs for the 4th consecutive season.
CHARLESTON PREDATORS RB KEITH SWEARINGEN
The 4 season veteran has steadily increased his production over the past 3 seasons and posted career bests in rushing yards and touchdowns. Those placed him among the top 5 in the league. He also had a career best 298 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns in a 52-7 victory vs New Orleans.
FLORIDA STORM DE ALEX “BIG SEXY” DOMINGUEZ
After completing his most productive season since Season 11, the most feared pass rusher, and arguably greatest defensive player in league history, amassed 17.5 sacks, which placed him in a tie for 2nd in the league. Anchoring a Storm defense that garnered another top 5 finish, he relishes making quarterbacks lives uneasy, which was best demonstrated vs Seattle when he accumulated 4 sacks in a 31-3 victory.
VANCOUVER LEGION DT LEE ADAMA
Rookies are supposed to be seen, not heard. Well, no one told Lee Adama this as he made plenty of noise, making a living in opponents’ backfields to the tune of 17 sacks and 24 tackles for loss. Those numbers placed him 4th and 5th amongst his peers respectively. His most productive came in a loss to Las Vegas in which he had 3.5 sacks and 5 tackles for loss.
ARIZONA SCORPIONS LB JOEY TROPICANA
Doing what most LBs do in 12 games, mid-season pick-up Joey was a homing missile, targeting any opposing ball carrier with accurate devastation. Leading all LBs with 3.5 sacks and tied for 2nd in interceptions with 3, he was a jack of all trades and an important cog that helped Arizona lead the league in turnovers forced. His 13 tackle, 1.5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and pass deflection in a losing effort to Chicago attests to his prowess.
VANCOUVER LEGION LB BRIAN CRAVEN
Making impact plays from his initial snap, Brian was a tone setter for Vancouver. 1 sack, 14 tackles for loss, 7 pass deflections, 2 interceptions and 3 fumbles forced. A 3-down defender, adept at stopping both the run and the pass, he was a wrecking ball to opponent gameplans. His 12 tackle, 3 tackles for loss and pass deflection vs New Orleans in Week 1 was a sign of things to come.
VANCOUVER LEGION FS MARC LOPEZ
Eraser. Playmaker. Those are some of the words used to describe Marc’s play in Season 14 as he was the centerfielder for Vancouver and helped by snagging 8 interceptions and deflecting 13 passes. This was his 3rd consecutive season with 8 ints and 2nd with 13 pass deflections. As a return specialist, he also had 3 touchdowns. His 8 tackle, 2 pass deflection, interception and kickoff touchdown return vs Houston attests to his ability.
ATLANTA SWARM SS AARON LEE
The enforcer of the Atlanta secondary, Aaron upped his game in Season 14 as a pass defender as well with 8 interceptions and 8 pass deflections accompanied by 95 tackles. The leader of a championship secondary, his leadership was second to none. His 10 tackle and 3 interceptions performance in a victory vs Chicago is proof of his acumen.
Make sure you keep checking back with us to discover which top level SFL talent made it into our SFL Top 20! We also invite you to create your own Top 20. It’s harder than you think!