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Empire Adds Two Rookies to 2019 Roster

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Empire announce that two players have been assigned to the team roster through free agency.  Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.  The free agency signing period for the Arena Football League began on Monday, March 4.

Ngalu Fusimalohi, Offensive Line

Hailing from California, Ngalu Fusimalohi played his college ball at the University of Kansas after transferring from junior college.  The lineman began his collegiate career at the City College of San Francisco where he was named First Team All-NorCal Conference on an offense that averaged an incredible 40 points per game.  In 2013, Fusimalohi was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 offensive lineman during his junior season with the Jayhawks in 2013.  During both his junior and senior seasons, Fusimalohi was named the University of Kansas’ Offensive Lineman of the Year while starting 21 games for the Jayhawks. 

Aaron Tiller, Defensive Line

An Ohio native, Aaron Tiller played collegiately at Southern University and joins his brother, Trae, with the Empire for 2019.  As a member of the Jaguars, Tiller was a four-year starter and two-year caption.  Tiller earned All-SWAC honors three times during his collegiate career and was named HBCU All-American in 2017.  Following college, Tiller worked out with the Tennessee Titans for minicamp.  Most recently, Tiller spent time with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football League.
Darrell Brown, offensive lineman, and Donnie Miles Jr., defensive back, have been placed on Recallable Reassignment.
Fans can secure season tickets for the Albany Empire by calling 518-533-2200, by going to, or by stopping by the Empire office located in the Times Union Center.  A limited number of great seats are still available!  Want to bring your organization to a game, fundraise, or perform on the field? Group experiences are now on sale.  Call 518-533-2200 for additional information.

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About Albany Empire

Season memberships for the 2019 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany Empire sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to Follow the team on Facebook at and Twitter at

About the Arena Football League

The Arena Football League enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams for 2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Each team will play 12 regular-season games in 2019. One can find the League can on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

About Times Union Center

Albany’s Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the Times Union Center is “Upstate New York’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world’s largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year. 

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 26 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Instagram.

About Transfinder

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to school districts, municipalities and adult care facilities. Transfinder, an Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for the past eleven straight years, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. The software company develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics.

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