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Led All Receivers in Catches and Receiving Yards

ALBANY, NY - The Arena Football League today announced Malachi Jones, WR of the Albany Empire, earned the Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Jones was instrumental to Albany’s top-ranked offense this season, which is seen as he led the League in numerous receiving categories. He led the League with 96 catches, 1440 receiving yards and 120 yards per game. He had 179 receiving yards against the Columbus Destroyers on May 18, which ranked fifth-most in a single game this season. Additionally, he ranked second in total receiving touchdowns (25).

The WR was extremely consistent as he recorded nine games with 100 or more receiving yards, which is also good for a League best. His 1440 receiving yards are the most by an individual player in a season since 2016.

Jones was the only player in the League this season with 1000 or more total receiving yards,

Following a successful 2019 season, Jones also earned First Team All-Arena honors (WR). Additionally, he was named Receiver of the Year. 

Previous Awards:
2019: First Team All-Arena (WR), Receiver of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year
2018: First Team All-Arena (WR), Rookie of the Year, Wide Receiver of the Year

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! 

Albany Empire 2019 Season Presented By CDPHP.

About Albany Empire

Season memberships for the 2020 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

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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