Typhoon Hits CAFL Camp
- Updated: September 14, 2016
It’s tempting to call former B.C. Lions first-round draft pick Paul Cheng the Comeback Kid — except for two things. He admittedly face-planted as a professional, making the idea of a “comeback” from seven games of experience in the Canadian Football League somewhat ludicrous.
And, at 38 years of age, he’s hardly a kid.
Yet, a month after the Lions honored the career of retired Jason Clermont — a two-time Canadian player of year taken two spots ahead of Cheng, the No. 6 overall pick, in the 2002 CFL draft — he is part of the Great Leap Forward of American football into China.
Arena football, the indoor variation of the game, is coming to the Middle Kingdom.
The mover behind the China Arena Football League, which begins its inaugural season Oct. 2, is American businessman Marty Judge, co-owner of the Arena League’s Philadelphia Soul. Among those partnering with Judge are former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil.
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