By Mick Moninghoff
November 18, 2019
Worcester, MA

The Massachusetts Pirates have re-signed defensive lineman Willie Yarbary for the upcoming season. Yarbary, who played his collegiate football at Wake Forrest, joined the Pirates for their playoff run and appeared in the last two regular season games making two solo tackles with three assists for a total of three and a half tackles. In the Pirates playoff game in Carolina, Yarbary recorded one tackle for a loss.

Since the end of the season, Yarbary has been working out and looking to continue his football career. He re-signed with Massachusetts because he knows the Pirates present a great opportunity.

“I’ve been hoping for opportunities to come. This is an opportunity to get more film and to get better. My goals are to get better every week and to help the team to a championship,” he said.

Prior to joining the Pirates, the 6’2” 285 lb. lineman was in minicamp with the Atlanta Falcons in May of 2019 and then went to the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts where he played in a pre-season game. Last season was his first in arena football and he enjoyed it, including a chance to play linebacker.

“Playing linebacker was fun but just a little different since my primary position has always been defensive line. Arena football is fun. I just have to get used to the short field and how fast the QB gets the ball off,” he added.

Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim is pleased to have Yarbary back in the fold for 2020.

“Willie is a versatile athlete who can play all along our defensive front including mac linebacker, as he did against Jacksonville late in the season last year. He’s a high character individual who works hard to continuously improve his game and those are the type of guys we’ve put an emphasis on bringing back this year. We’re glad to have him,” Yatim said.

A native of Augusta, GA, Yarbary red-shirted with the Demon Deacons in 2014 and then played four seasons. In 41 games had 116 tackles, 21.5 for a loss and 12 sacks. Yarbary’s best year was his final season when he was elected as a captain. He compiled 53 stops, 11 were for negative yards, five were sacks and he added a fumble recovery. Yarbary, who played his high school ball at Richmond Academy in Augusta, GA, helped Wake Forrest to three bowl games.

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