Offensive Lineman Kendall Calhoun Comes to Worcester Motivated
By Giuseppe Cincinnato
The Massachusetts Pirates boosted their offensive line with the signing of Kendall Calhoun.
He began his collegiate career at Kentucky State and Lackawanna Community college, and then played his final two seasons at the University of Cincinnati from 2016-2017 where he played in 10 games.
Out of college, Calhoun signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2018. He journeyed around that same year and was in camp with the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. In 2019, the Cincinnati product signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football. He was also a part of the draft pool for the XFL.
Calhoun believes his past experiences in the NFL, AAF, and CFL will help boost the high-powered offense of the Pirates.
“I have a very high football I.Q. so I can help out all over and recognize things on the defense and just be a field general,” Calhoun told masspiratesfootball.com. “I’m mostly the type to not let anyone inside, so I was always taught to get beat outside if they’re rushing, to keep them outside of you. I feel like in arena [football], the cost is way higher [since] I’m closer to the quarterback so the importance of getting beat inside is more important.” This will be Calhoun’s first year in arena football and he believes he will adjust quickly to the new
style of play.
With only three down lineman, Calhoun highlighted that he no longer needs to worry about as many rushers as he did before.
“It will be a little easier especially with me playing tackle,” Calhoun said. “To only have three people to worry about because I’m used to having four defensive lineman, a safety, two-three linebackers to be looking for at all times so just to have three in front of me and a couple linebackers. It will be cool for me.”
Calhoun’s primary goal this year is to do whatever he can to bring a championship to Worcester. He hopes to play his first full season of football since his college days in Cincinnati.
“I’m going to take this opportunity to get some film and showcase my skills and hopefully get that [NFL] call back up,” Calhoun said.