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One Player Returns From the 2018 Playoff Roster

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire announce that three 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.

Christian Briggs, Wide Receiver

A big target to join the Empire receiving corps, Christian Briggs attended Southeastern Louisiana University after transferring from Southern Miss.  Standing in at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, the rookie will be a difficult cover for any defensive back in the League.  Following his time in college, Briggs signed with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Indianapolis Colts.  Most recently, Briggs spent time in the Alliance of American Football League with the Memphis Express.

Darrell Brown, Offensive Line

A Texas native, Darrell Brown played his college ball at Louisiana Tech University.  During his time with the Bulldogs, Brown was named First Team All-Louisiana twice, First Team All-Conference during his senior year, and Second Team All-Conference in his junior year.  Following college, Brown participated in rookie minicamp with the New York Jets before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017 where he spent the full preseason with the team.  Most recently, Brown spent time with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football League.

Terrance Smith, Defensive Back

Hailing from South Carolina, Terrance Smith enters his eighth year in the Arena Football League.  The multitalented athlete stayed in his home state for college where he attended South Carolina State University.  His senior year as a Bulldog, Smith caught 40 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns as one of the top receivers on the field.  After college, Smith signed as an undrafted free agent to the eventual Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers in 2010.  Following his brief stint in the NFL, Smith made his way to the AFL where he debuted with the ArenaBowl Champion Jacksonville Sharks as a defensive back.  Throughout his five years in Jacksonville, Smith doubled as a defensive back and wide receiver where he shined on both sides of the ball.  In 2012, Smith starred on special teams, returning 8 kickoffs for 1,731 yards and three touchdowns.  In the same year, Smith was named to the All-Iron Man team for his ability to play on both offense and defense.  In 2013, Smith received All-Arena honors as he led the way on defense with 11 interceptions.  Smith spent 2016 with the Los Angeles Kiss before joining the Washington Valor for their inaugural season.  Though Smith only played two regular season and two playoff games last year for the Empire, he made his impact known with a clutch interception to start the second half of the Empire’s home playoff game.

Rodney Fritz, defensive lineman, has been activated from Refuse to Report.  Moqut Ruffins, offensive lineman, and Joe Sykes, defensive lineman, have been activated from Physically Unable to Perform.  Ngalu Fusimalohi, offensive lineman, Troy Grant, wide receiver, Cheatham Norrils, defensive back, and Collin Taylor, wide receiver, have been placed on Physically Unable to Perform.  Brian Brikowski, defensive lineman, and Sean Brown, offensive lineman, 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, Baltimore, Columbus, 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

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