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Earns Second-Consecutive Honor and Third Overall

ALBANY, NY - The Arena Football League today announced nine-year AFL veteran, Empire QB Tommy Grady, earned the MVP award after another phenomenal season in the League. This is Grady’s second-consecutive MVP award, and third MVP honor of his career, which he first received in 2012.

Grady becomes the first player to ever win the award in consecutive seasons.

The QB was unstoppable this season. He led the Empire to a 10-2 record, the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and ultimately an ArenaBowl 32 berth. Grady was a huge part of the Empire’s success throughout the season, leading the League in numerous categories including passing yards (3097), passing touchdowns (68), completion percentage (68.6) and passer rating (125.5).

Grady was consistent every game, throwing for seven or more touchdowns in four games this season, and throwing for 300 passing yards twice. Additionally, his 9.44 yards per passing attempts ranks as the third-best season in AFL history.

Over his nine-year career, Grady has been one of the best quarterbacks in League history. He currently ranks sixth in AFL history in career passing yards (38062) and fifth in career passing touchdowns (850). In addition to his MVP award, Grady also garnered a First-Team All-Arena selection, which was the second of his career.

Past Awards
2019: First Team All-Arena (QB), MVP
2018: Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All- Arena
2012: Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Arena.

Tickets for the August 11 ArenaBowl championship game are on sale now 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! 

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About Albany Empire

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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®

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