Pirates Yarbary Signs NFL Contract with Chargers
By: Mick Moninghoff
June 18, 2021
WORCESTER, MA- Willie Yarbary of the Massachusetts Pirates has signed a National Football League contract and will go to camp with the Los Angeles Chargers. The 6-2, 285 lb. defensive lineman becomes the first member of the Pirates organization to make the move from indoor football to the NFL. For the Wake Forest product, it’s a dream come true.
“I’m still on a high right now,” he said. It’s something that you work so hard for and to finally see your work paying off; I’m just a bundle of joy right now. I’m just ecstatic.”
Yarbary only played in one game for the Pirates this season making three tackles including one for a loss along with a sack and a forced fumble. So how did it all come about?
“I’m thinking just based on previous film that they saw from the Pirates and the Spring League and it was just enough for them to pull the trigger,” he said.
After a successful career at Wake Forest, where he played in 41 games recording 116 tackles, 21.5 for a loss and 12 sacks and was elected captain as a senior, Yarbary went to mini-camp with the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 and then tried his hand in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts where he played in a pre-season game before joining the Pirates for their playoff run. In two games for Massachusetts, he notched 3.5 tackles, three for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He also had a tackle for a loss in the Pirates playoff game in Carolina.
This year Yarbary came back to Massachusetts and also played in the Spring League, never losing sight of his goal. With that commitment and dedication, Pirates Founder, Co-Owner, President and General Manager Jawad Yatim say’s it’s not hard to believe that Yarbary got the call.
“I can’t say we are surprised at all,” Yatim said. “The kid deserves it. He’s been productive everywhere he’s played and he’s one heck of a human being. We wish him nothing but the best and thank him for his time here with the Pirates.”
Yarbary says in his case the Pirates played an important role in his development.
“It’s not about where you start, it’s about where you finish and what you do with your opportunities. I’m very grateful to be able to play with the Massachusetts Pirates. I’m grateful that they gave me the opportunity. It helped me become a better defensive lineman because it’s a little harder and I think it caused me to work harder and to get better. The Spring League was just another opportunity. I just tried to capitalize on all my opportunities and make the most of it,” Yarbary said.
Above all else, he never lost faith.
“I’m always confident and humble at the same time. I had a goal and I’m just trying to stay on track and execute that goal and execute my plan. No, I never really lost faith, but sometimes things might get blurry and you try to remind yourself why you’re doing certain things, because at times it can be hard and you lose sight of what you actually want, but that just comes with trials and tribulations. Everything is not going to be a golden roll. Sometimes you go off the path; but as long as you find your way back.”
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