IFL Spotlight: Spokane Shock
The Massachusetts Pirates have entered a new league with plenty of fresh teams that fans may not be familiar with.
With this series, we will be going over every team the Indoor Football League has to offer starting with Washington state’s own Spokane Shock.
A team that started in 2006 as part of the AF2, the Arena Football League’s developmental league playing their first game in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena where they have played ever since. In the AF2, the team saw a great deal of success winning four division championships and two league championships. After moving up to the AFL in 2010, the team won the league championship in their first year as a member.
They remained there in the league’s National Conference until 2015 before their move to the IFL in 2016. Spokane has yet to win a league championship in the IFL however in their debut year, they took home a conference championship.
The Shock however, rebranded to the Empire before ceasing operations in 2017.
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Sam Adams revived the Shock which brings us to the present day.
Owner and CEO Adams is a local legend in his own right. In 2000, The Texas A&M won the Super Bowl as a Baltimore Raven and earned Pro Bowl honors five times.
Adams feels humbled about being an owner and helping players get to the next level.
“It’s an honor to be involved with the Shock and everything that they are doing. This is a great sports town and people are really excited about their teams,” Adams told masspiratesfootball.com. “It gives me the opportunity to help young bucks get to the next level wherever that may be and also to prepare for life after football whether it be a job in a bank or manager of an auto parts store. It’s something that we help them transition as the NFL did with me.”
Adams himself has found success outside of football. He owns multiple health clubs in the Washington area where he employs over 700 people and has just above 30,000 total gym memberships.
Adams also has ties to Massachusetts as his father Sam Adams Sr., played for the New England Patriots from 1972 to 1980.
The Spokane leader praised Pirates Owner and Founder Jawad Yatim for how he has run his own organization in Worcester.
“He’s pursuing a championship but he does way more than that. He is a first class owner with a first class organization,” Adams said about Yatim. “You have a lot of people that don’t understand how to operate a team. He has played, now he’s writing checks and he comes at it not just from an owner, but a coach and player’s perspective as well. We are excited to have him be a part of what we are building here in the IFL.”
The Pirates’ co-owner and founder had nothing but great things to back about Adams.
“It’s certainly an unbelievable opportunity to be able to have someone like Sam Adams in your corner. He’s been awesome to work with and great to lean on whenever you have any questions or would like to bounce any ideas off one another,” Yatim said. “He’s a legend in the game in my opinion and I certainly have nothing but respect for him. He runs a tremendous organization out there in Washington and he obviously puts out a great product. When it’s time to play Spokane, you know you have to execute at a high level and stay disciplined while minimizing any mental errors on your end because they’re a team that will capitalize on those opportunities. Looking forward to continuing to work with Sam and the rest of our partners, as we build off the foundation that has been set before us while taking things to a new level as we move forward.”
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