Written by Leon Thunderman, Visuals by Axel Raven

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Hello once again SFL! Yours truly, Leon Thunderman, and the talented Axel Raven are back at it with the 3rd edition of “Get to Know Us.” As always, we can’t thank you enough for taking the time to read our work. It is much appreciated. Let’s meet some more rookies! 

In this edition…

  1. Zelly CummingsOL, Albuquerque Atoms
  2. Alden Bleeker – OL, Memphis River Runners
  3. Josh StylesWR, Ottawa Cavalry
  4. Bryce HardawayQB, Birmingham Fuel
  5. Stefaun ForgeOLB, Ottawa Cavalry
  6. Dave BurrQB, Lexington Miners

Let’s kick off this week’s article with a position we haven’t spoken about yet; the underappreciated but infinitely valuable, offensive lineman. The player we will be meeting is Zelly Cummings, an absolute mammoth of a man who plays for the Albuquerque Atoms.

Do you have a favorite player or team in the SFL?

Zelly Cummings: Houston Hyenas/D.R. Sim. I was first introduced to the league via the APFe server working on troubleshooting with several of the guys from the SFL when Javo launched the new version of the editor. DR Sim was the first to reach out in depth & explain the league & what it was about. Which piqued my initial interest.

Is there someone that you are modeling your own player to resemble? An SFL pro? An irl NFL pro?

ZC: Tryon Smith – Excellent pass blocker, Long arms, Athletic and displays good balance, Moves well laterally, Quick off snap, Gets to the second level effectively, Left tackle potential, Plenty of upside.

Do you have plans to assist your team with something like scouting, social media, or beat writing, graphic creation?

ZC: I’ll play as big a role as a team will allow me to have in any of the above areas. I’m open to it all. I’m looking to contribute in any way that will be not only beneficial to my organization but the SFL as a whole.

What SFL content do you watch/read/enjoy?

ZC: The games of course. Though, I do enjoy watching the AJ striker podcast. She asks the tough questions and her vibe is always amazing.

What are your long term goals for your career in the SFL?

ZC: Expect the team to draft me to gain a team first loyal guy. I’m not looking to bounce around the league. I’d like to give the team that takes a chance on me everything I have to offer. The ceiling is high for what I foresee as a career. My knowledge of APF along with Javos editor I’m willing to do a lot of the behind the scenes stuff as well as front office work if the opportunity presents itself.

Why should a team draft you?

ZC: I feel if teams are looking for someone who is reliable, going to be loyal, and a great locker room addition, I’m your guy. A jack of all trades in the sim community. I have all the resources to provide the extras that teams are looking for. Sim testing capabilities. RPCS3/Ps3/Xbox 360 ready. Streaming assets. Graphic design literate, and a setup for a podcast if needed. I’d like to note I’m pretty good with uniform creations. The current SFL East V West uniforms are made by myself.

Describe the feeling you imagine having when you see your player trotting out on the field for the first time?

ZC: While I admit I will feel great honor suiting up for any of the great organizations in the SFL. The most rewarding feeling for me is what I will have done behind the scenes to help my organization. The scouting. Test sims. Being a locker room leader will mean the most.


So, in summary, this guy already has a vast amount of experience with this league. He’s going to bring so much valuable experience and knowledge to an SFL team that it’s, well, kind of crazy. If a team is hoping to add a beast on the O-Line who can, basically, do anything off the field you’d like, draft Mr. Cummings.

Let’s meet the next man on our interviewee list: Alden Bleeker. The OL seems to gradually becoming more popular to play, which should be very exciting for SFL staff members. Here’s what this future hot commodity had to say.

Do you have a favorite player or team in the SFL?

Alden Bleeker: In terms of my favorite players, I have to give mention to my fellow Memphis graduates Max Night, Vernard Smith IV, and Jason France. Those guys really elevated me to be better in my rookie season and their positive influence is one reason we were able to gut out a playoff spot. As far as teams go, although Carolina has a special place for being from my IRL neck of the woods, I really think Lone Star has the makings of a special squad. You have a respected veteran in coach Craven, one of the most likable guys in the league in Dave Axis, and Bobo Caudil who’s one of my SFL role models. You have to imagine those guys have a lot of fun on and off the field.

Is there someone that you are modeling your own player to resemble? An SFL pro? An irl NFL pro? 

AB: There’s two major influences for me. One is Rodney Houston who I believe currently plays for the Raiders. He lines up against some of the best pass rushers in the history of the league and he just bullies them like a human brick wall. I think he’s the only OL that somewhat regularly makes highlights and I want to make those kinds of spectacular blocks for an SFL team. Another is my grandpa. He was a college OL back in the leather helmet days and I remember him telling me stories when I was a kid about how aggressive and dirty the trenches under center used to be. I definitely want to bring some of that aggressive smash-mouth blocking back, even if it’s tempered by intelligent strategy and top-notch athleticism.

Do you have plans to assist your team with something like scouting, social media, or beat writing, graphic creation? 

AB: I don’t have much experience with how sim front offices run, but I’m more than willing to learn the day-to-day things like scouting and player relations if it can help my team be successful. I also have a decent audio setup between my mic and my space, so I can record things like promo voiceovers and other little pieces of audio our content team may need.

What SFL content do you watch/read/enjoy? 

AB: I’m admittedly biased because one of the hosts is a fellow Memphis alum but NETMA is a definite favorite of mine. I also have to give a shoutout to Ashley Jackson and all that she does to keep the league’s players in the spotlight. She’s a down-to-earth and fair interviewer and everyone in the league should be grateful for her work.

What are your long term goals for your career in the SFL? 

AB: OL isn’t a position that you typically associate with having their name called for making game-changing plays, but it’s nonetheless one that can decide whether a team wins or loses. I want to be part of a winning offense, whether that means I luck into one or have to be part of it being built from the ground up, I want the challenge of facing the best DEs in the league and making my quarterback shine even brighter than they otherwise would. I know there’s a number of ladies coming into the league as well, and I’d love to see them succeed and break barriers, however I can help as an OL.

Why should a team draft you? 

AB: I’m overall an easygoing and positive player and I think coaches would rather have a positive influence in their locker room rather than drama or tension. I’m a professional in the sense that I’d rather lose and learn a lesson than have everything handed to me and be vulnerable to failure. I can spread that work ethic among my teammates by showing up and leading by example.

Describe the feeling you imagine having when you see your player trotting out on the field for the first time? 

AB: It’s like something out of Friday Night Lights or another sports drama. You walk out of the tunnel and you hear the crowd and you just shift into another gear. I’ve always been a competitor at heart so I never really feel more at home than I do on that field.


First things first, this guy plays offensive line. That says a lot about his attitude. He’s a team first guy who will be looking to do the dirty work so that his teammates can garner the attention and spotlight. Who wouldn’t want a stud pushing around opposing d-linemen to open up easy scoring opportunities? Alden Bleeker should be coming off the board early on draft night. 

After discussing a couple of o-linemen, let’s move on to a player who plays a much more “flashy” position: wide receiver. His name is Josh Styles and he currently plays for the Ottawa Cavalry.

Do you have a favorite player or team in the SFL?

Josh Styles: Oh man, I don’t have any particular favorite players other than my teammate that I got lucky to be on the same team as, Ryan Rosevelt, but seeing as how I’m from the Atlanta area in real life, the Atlanta Swarm has my support. But, the Nighthawks are a VERY close second. That team exudes excellence every single week. It’s really hard to choose who to root for when it’s them playing against each other.

Is there someone that you are modeling your own player to resemble? An SFL pro? An irl NFL pro? 

JS: Honestly, I want my player to resemble Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks. I’ve watched him play for years, and I can only hope I can be half the player he is over the course of the time I’m here. The man has saved seasons with his catches. It’s only right to want to be that awesome.

What are your long term goals for your career in the SFL? 

JS: My long term goals are to become a player that newcomers can aspire to become. I want to play the best game I can every single week, take home some hardware for the team I play for, and make some new friends on and off the field.

Why should a team draft you? 

JS: I feel a team should draft me because I don’t back down from a challenge. I don’t take losing very well, and I’ll fight to the bitter end to see a victory for whoever I will be playing for. I try to be the best representative for a team as much as I can, and they won’t be failed. That’s the least I can do for the opportunity to represent them.

Describe the feeling you imagine having when you see your player trotting out on the field for the first time? 

JS: Oh man, the feeling I have when I see myself for the first time is going to be insane. I do a lot of sim-racing, so whenever I see myself on a broadcast I still get excited, but this is football. Something entirely different than anything I’ve done before. I can only hope I look really good on the screen!


Styles is a special player at the receiver position. We all know wide receivers typically have that “diva” personality, but this guy has an attitude that is quite opposite of that. He desires to bring respect to his team and teammates. If you ask me, that’s a desirable mindset to have. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Josh Styles!

I love it when guys are excited to do these interviews. It makes this process even more fun, and this guy is a perfect example of that. Read below to see what makes Bryce Hardaway a great potential player in the SFL.

Do you have a favorite player or team in the SFL?

Bryce Hardaway: Favorite player(s) have gotta be the Papineau’s (Moose and Matt). They’re good friends of mine and I hope to see them in a few years!

Is there someone that you are modeling your own player to resemble? An SFL pro? An irl NFL pro? 

BH: As any quarterback, I want to be as good as the GOAT, Tom Brady. Whoever picks me up in the draft is going to be getting someone who is ready to work each and every game and give the team the best chance to win the game. Play style wise, I would like to try to be like Josh Allen from the Bills. He’s a leader on that team with a great arm. That’s something I strive to be.

Do you have plans to assist your team with something like scouting, social media, or beat writing, graphic creation? 

BH: I would love to help out with the scouting. As a baseball coach, that is part of my job, so I think that definitely is the role I could fill. 

What SFL content do you watch/read/enjoy? 

BH: I watch every Nightwings’ game that I can, rooting on Matt Pap!

What are your long term goals for your career in the SFL? 

BH: Individual awards are great and all, but it’s all about the rings. I don’t care how many mvp’s or passing yard records I get, being the last team standing is the end goal. Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.

Why should a team draft you? 

BH: Any team looking to draft a QB who is ready to work week in and week out will be getting a steal in the draft. The competitiveness and work ethic is never going to be in doubt with me.

Describe the feeling you imagine having when you see your player trotting out on the field for the first time? 

BH: It’s going to be surreal. I played football in college and always pictured myself in Madden or something. That first play that I take under center is going to be something I remember for a while.


A former college player, this guy will bring a great knowledge of the game and desire to put in work. Great attitude, desire to scout, and a team leader… what else could you ask for from a quarterback? Bryce Hardaway, let’s get this guy the attention he deserves.

Up next, another fellow linebacker joins us on our quest to get noticed by SFL higher ups. His name is Stefaun Forge, and he currently plays for the Ottawa Calvary.

Do you have a favorite player or team in the SFL?

Stefaun Forge: Ironically my favorite player was on my favorite team. That is DE #91 Lee Adama formerly of the Vancouver Legion. Whenever I watched Vancouver he always seemed to make an impact play on defense, usually a sack. I love pass rushers. It’s ironic because when I first started watching the SFL I was drawn to the Legion and their high powered offense with Sudo Nakai, Tom Pepper, Rich Pratchard(RIP)and Brett Killian.

Is there someone that you are modeling your own player to resemble? An SFL pro? An irl NFL pro? 

SF: I would say that the NFL player who would be my model is Kevin Greene. I have always liked bigger athletic 3-4 style OLBs. As far as SFL players in terms of LBs Aquantis Shyne of Atlanta has always caught my eye with his playmaking ability.

Do you have plans to assist your team with something like scouting, social media, or beat writing, graphic creation? 

SF: I am definitely open to assisting my team in whatever manner I can off the field as well.

What SFL content do you watch/read/enjoy? 

SF: I try to watch as many games as I can. This season has really been must see TV! I recently began watching Axis Live and Netma, both very cool definitely planning to watch again. I also like to read the weekly Power Rankings.

What are your long term goals for your career in the SFL? 

SF: As far my own career goes, my long term goals are to be the best player and teammate I can be, win championships, do whatever I can to help the league continue to grow, and maybe somewhere down the road become a franchise owner.

Why should a team draft you? 

SF: Why should a team draft me? First and foremost my commitment. I am all in on this. This is my sporting life moment and I intend to make the most of it! Secondly I am a pretty laid back person who likes to have fun, joke around and have a good time so I feel I can fit into any locker room. I feel like I can contribute to my team both on and off the field which is always my goal.

Describe the feeling you imagine having when you see your player trotting out on the field for the first time? 

SF: Answer TBD


Two things really stood out about this guy to me: 1) Stefaun is a fan of the SFL. He knows the players who already have made an impact in the league and has drawn inspiration from his favorites. And 2) I love his excitement. You can tell he will be thrilled to be playing with the pros at the next level. Guys like this make great teammates. If the SFL is in need of high-energy LB who will bring good energy to a locker room, look no further than Stefaun Forge.

Next on our list is another hopeful SFLm quarterback. Making it to the SFL as a QB is certainly no easy task, but let’s find out what makes Dave Burr worthy of his own shot at slinging the rock at the next level.

Is there someone that you are modeling your own player to resemble? An SFL pro? An irl NFL pro? 

Dave Burr: I’m an admirer of Steve Young and Russel Wilson, both keeping steady inclusion in strategy with both teammates and coaches meticulously helping form the best offense possible for that match. This type of transparency is crucial, creates great field morale and results show in the numbers.

Do you have plans to assist your team with something like scouting, social media, or beat writing, graphic creation? 

DB: Absolutely. I have spoken with my HC and plan to pursue scouting within the week. From there, I will be volunteering for as much as I can do to keep the Miners on our top game.

What are your long term goals for your career in the SFL? 

DB: I believe this league will be growing exponentially in the coming years and desire nothing more than to be as big a part of that process as I can – and have some major fun along the way.

Why should a team draft you? 

DB: I understand that in any league the QB position is demanding and I think I will prove to be up to the task. I plan to be whole-heartedly involved in the offensive process as much as I’m allowed – Hopefully that hard work will show in spades as my ultimate goal at this moment is to prove my worth.

Describe the feeling you imagine having when you see your player trotting out on the field for the first time? 

DB: It’s going to be incredible hitting the field with the crew for the first time. In fact, Everyone should be excited to see our monster RB Baylee out there. We plan on having a huge season together.


As I stated earlier, making it to the big league as a quarterback is not as simple as some other positions. With that said, I believe Dave should be one of the front runners when it comes to getting a shot at living out his SFL dreams. The man is a professional through and through, and is willing to work hard to accomplish his team’s goals. I love that he brings attention to his other teammates as well, such as his runningback. If you’re searching for a QB of the future, make sure you reach out to this guy.

Well that wraps up another edition of our beloved Rookie publication. Thank you to all of you that have participated! Stay tuned for the next edition, which will be the final edition of this season.