Former first-team All-National Arena League defensive back Kiante Northington has returned to the Massachusetts Pirates.
In 2018 Northington led the National Arena League with 12 interceptions. He also was third in passes defended with 18. In just his first season playing in any professional league, the 5’-10”, 185 lb. DB out of Eastern Kentucky was also eighth in the league with 63.5 tackles (55 solo, 17 assisted). The Louisville, KY native returned one interception for a TD, led the NAL with 132 interception return yards, forced one fumble and recovered two for the Pirates.
Northington signed with the Pirates before the 2019 season but opted to try his hand in the Arena Football League with the Atlantic City Blackjacks. In Atlantic City, he recorded 60 tackles, assisted on ten others, broke up two passes, and had two interceptions.
A standout player at Butler Traditional High School in Louisville, Northington received a partial scholarship to Eastern Kentucky. He played his way into a full ride and finished his college career in 2016 as a second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference performer.
After college, he returned to Butler High as an assistant football coach working with the defensive backs while waiting for an opportunity to continue his playing career. He received that opportunity in 2018 with Massachusetts marking the start of a successful arena football career.