Written by Matthew Hester
KNOXVILLE, TN (March 26, 2013) – The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) has named Lehigh Valley Steelhawks QB Adam Bednarik, Albany Panthers DB Damian Daniels, and Lehigh Valley Steelhawks K George Pierson as the Week 3 Players of the Week.
This past weekend, QB Adam Bednarik (6’2 223, West Virginia) guided the Steelhawks (2-1) to their second consecutive win of the 2013 season by completing 27 of 35 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns in their 44-22 victory over Louisiana. Through their first three games, the newest member of the PIFL has proved to be a stingy opponent having only turned the ball over one time with a lot of the credit going towards the signal-caller. Bednarik, who also leads the Hawks in rushing TD’s (3), completed passes to five different receivers on Saturday giving him the honor as the Week 3 Offensive Player of the Week.
Albany Panthers DB Damian “The Nighthawk” Daniels (5’10 180, West Georgia) has always been known as a tightfisted defender to opposing offenses having garnered an 89 career interceptions. Through Albany’s first two games, Daniels for the most part had been held in check having not picked off a pass in over 60 pass attempts. On Saturday “Nighthawk” would make up for the lost time picking off two Russell Hill passes in the Panthers 64-51 victory over the Alabama Hammers. In addition to winning the Week 3 Defensive Player of the Week, his two INT performance brings him to just seven shy of the all-time arena/indoor record of 98 held by Kenny McIntyre.
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks K George Pierson (6’1 210, Kansas) earned the Week 3 Special Teams Player of the Week by scoring ten points in Saturday’s victory over the Swashbucklers. In addition to knocking in his first Uno of the season, Pierson kicked field goals of 34 and 28 yards out helping extend his PIFL lead of field goals made (5). Through the PIFL’s first three weeks he also leads all kickers in scoring (25) and has notched the two longest field goals (38, 34) of the season.
The Professional Indoor Football League returns to action this Saturday when the Knoxville Nighthawks (0-3) make their 2013 home debut in an Easter Weekend showdown against the Richmond Raiders (1-1). Knoxville will look to exact some revenge after falling 41-23 to the Raiders last week. The other five teams will enjoy the holiday weekend off and will return the following weekend.
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