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Freeman Resigns with Tennessee Valley
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January 24, 2005 - Huntsville, AL-The Tennessee Valley Pythons will have some definite experience in the secondary when the 2005 United Indoor Football season kicks off in mid-March.

Pythons coach Dick Adams announced Monday that former Viper defensive back and Alabama A&M standout Henry Freeman had signed with Tennessee Valley. In addition, the Pythons have also signed former Alabama A&M linebacker Lionel Macklin. Freeman and Macklin join defensive back David Knott on the list of Tennessee Valley signees.

"You can look at Henry’s numbers and it’s easy to see that he is a great player,’’ Adams said. "I think he’s a guy we can win with. With Lionel, he put up some good stats at A&M and I think he’ll be a tremendous asset to this program."

Freeman (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) led Tennessee Valley last season with 75 tackles and ranked eighth in arenafootball2. He was also tied for the team lead with four interceptions and second on the squad with 13 pass breakups.

Macklin (5-10, 225), an Ozark native, spent last season as an undergraduate assistant coach with the Bulldogs following a four-year playing career. A former walk-on, Macklin amassed 180 tackles from 2000-03 and had 66, including 13.5 for a loss, during his senior campaign.

Free-agent camp set: Tennessee Valley will host a free-agent campon Saturday, Feb. 5 in the Von Braun Center’s South Hall. There is a $40 fee for early registration and a late day-of fee of $50. For more information contact Adams at 256-551-3240 or 256-513-2956.

Tennessee Valley opens training camp March 1 and starts the season March 18 on the road against the Evansville Bluecats. The Pythons then travel to Ohio to face the Dayton Warbirds on April 2 before opening their home slate April 16 against the Tupelo FireAnts. Kickoff at the VBC is set for 7:30 p.m.

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