In just a few short weeks, the United Football League is going to be starting it’s first season ever. One of the teams in this new football league is the New York Sentinels, here is a look at some names on their roster that may be familiar to some football fans.
The head coach of the New York Sentinels is Ted Cottrell. Cottrell went to Delaware Valley College and was drafted in the 7th round of the 1969 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played two seasons for the Falcons before ending his playing career with a year in the CFL as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Cottrell almost immediately went in to coaching, joining the Rutgers University staff and staying there through the 1980 season. Beginning in 1981, Cottrell would go on to spend more than 25 years on pro football sidelines as a linebackers coach, defensive line coach, and defensive coordinator for a number of teams including the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, and San Diego Chargers. Cottrell even brings non-NFL coaching experience to the United Football League, as he was the defensive line coach for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1984 and 1985.
If T.J. Cottrell’s name sounds incredibly similar to that of the head coach of the New York Sentinels, it’s because they’re father and son. Cottrell played college football at Buffalo State, where he was a well thought of tight end, and has been on the roster of both the Vikings and the Chargers of the NFL. He has also seen action with the Rochester Raiders, an indoor football team based in Rochester, New York.
Quinn Gray played quarterback at the college level at Florida A&M, and upon graduating was signed as an undrafted free agen with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent three seasons with Jacksonville, even seeing time as a starter briefly in the 2007 season, going 2-2 and throwing 13 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. Gray spent 2008 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Quinn Gray also has experience as a quarterback in NFL Europe where as the starting quarterback of the 2003 Frankfurt Galaxy, he would lead them to a win in World Bowl XI.
One of the most known names to play in the United Football League’s inaugural season is Simeon Rice. Rice was a three time Pro Bowl selection in the NFL after a very well respected college football career at the University of Illinois. He was drafted with the 3rd overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals and quickly proved he belonged in the league. In his rookie season in the league he accumulated 12.5 quarterback sacks. He would play with the Cardinals for five seasons before moving on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001 where he would stay until 2006. 2007 was his last season in the NFL and saw him split time with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.
Cecil Sapp played college football at Colorado State University and went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft. He signed as a free agent with the Broncos and spent the first five years of his NFL career in Denver as a fullback and special teams player. He then spent 2008 with the Houston Texans before moving to the UFL for 2009.
Known during his college career at Florida State University as a speedy receiver with decent hands, Craphonso Thorpe was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He would spend most of his NFL career on practice squads, but would see playing time during the 2007 season with the Colts, where he even caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning.