With the Arena Football League season opener just over a week away for the Georgia Firebirds, they’ll take the field tonight for their preseason matchup against the Jacksonville Sharks at 7:30 EST. The game is a community charity event to benefit victims of the South Georgia tornadoes.
Among the players most eager to get on the field is Jerimiah Spicer, who will be making his AFL debut. He joined the team after seeing the birth of his daughter in California — making it two big “firsts” for the young defender.
Of course, it will be all business when he takes the field tonight, as the Firebirds are still actively making cuts and changes to their final roster.
“I’m not going to treat it like it’s game,” he said. “I’m going to treat it like a real game.”
And it’s no wonder. Spicer comes from a world of adversity, living by the “not where you’ve been, but where you’re going” mantra on and off the field. His worth ethic has and his passion on the field has drawn attention from several NFL teams, and he’s already set to play four positions for the Firebirds this season — a combination of multiple positions at linebacker and on the line.
“I like to be versatile, too. I don’t like to stay in one spot. I like to move around and make plays. If I make a lot of plays right here at linebacker, I’m like ‘Coach, let me go to D-line, put someone else here.'”
It’s certainly an interesting way to spread the love.
“It’s all coming from within. It’s all coming from my heart. I swear to God, I’m going to come back a hundred times, a thousand times, a million times.”
And if he keeps hitting like we’ve seen, that’s a daunting proposition for opposing offenses.