Two Mustangs honored for play, Friday's game recognizes military
Milwaukee Mustangs defensive back Kelvin Rodgers has been awarded the AFL Spalding Highlight of the Week while Mustangs wide receiver Andrae Thurman takes home the Cutters Catch of the Week award after their performances in Week 10 of the Arena Football League season.
Rodgers has become as much a threat in the kick returning game as any returner in the league. He has recorded a kick return for a touchdown in three straight games.
"It is an honor to be named an iron man and making the highlight play of the week, especially when it comes two weeks straight. Even though these are individual awards, I would not be able to do anything without the help of my teammates," Rodgers said. "It is a great feeling to go into a game knowing you have the ability to return a kick at any given time of the night. Going into Friday's game I just want to continue to make the plays I have all season."
Rodgers was awarded the Spalding Highlight of the Week by the Arena Football League for his 58-yard return for a touchdown against the Cleveland Gladiators last Friday night in Milwaukee.
Trailing by two scores midway through the fourth quarter, Rodgers bounced off of several tacklers and zigzagged up and down the field, utilizing every blocker available.
He finished the night with a game-high 186 all-purpose yards. Expected by many to be simply a stud defensive back, Rodgers is also quickly proving himself to be among the best returners in the AFL.
Thurman made a fingertip grab for a Milwaukee score on the NFL Network's broadcast of "NET10 Arena Football Friday" in Week 10.
Thurman finished the game with 12 catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns. In two games with the Mustangs, Thurman has 240 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He will receive the Cutters Catch of the Week award for his efforts in Week 10.
Mustangs host Military Night on Friday.
Armed Services personnel just need to show their military ID to get $13.50 tickets (discounted from $23.50). Two dollars from each ticket purchased will benefit Operation Homefront Wisconsin, which provides financial assistance and other support to military families.
A military tug of war is scheduled for halftime, and the Mustangs' players will show their support by sporting cool camouflage jerseys. Fans with HOG cards can also claim the $13.50 discount tickets.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. in the Bradley Center and will be featured on Time Warner Cable Sports32.
Listen to the play-by-play on 540 ESPN and Espnwisconsin.com with announcer Bill Johnson. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, call 800-745-3000 or visit the Bradley Center box office.
The 2012 Milwaukee Mustangs are thrilled to honor and represent the Arena Football League as they celebrate their silver 25th anniversary this season. Tickets and Sponsorships are on sale now!
For more information visit mkemustangs.com or call 414-224-4000. Follow the Milwaukee Mustangs and Fillies Dance Team on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
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