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Beef Announce Additions and Return Veland as Defensive Coordinator
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January 26, 2005 - Omaha, NE-Omaha Beef Football is pleased to announce today that Tony Veland will return to the coaching staff as Defensive Coordinator for the 2005 season.

"We are very happy to have Tony Veland return as the Defensive Coordinator of the Omaha Beef.” said Robert Fuller, Omaha Beef Football Head Coach. “Tony brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our program."

Veland played for Nebraska during the 92 through 95 seasons. While at Nebraska he participated in three Orange Bowls and one Fiesta bowl with two National Championships. He also played in the Hula Bowl after completing his senior year of eligibility. After graduating from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Veland played two seasons for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League during the 96 and 97 seasons and then for the Carolina Panthers in the 98 season. Veland played with the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 32 as they defeated the Green Bay Packers following the 97 season.

Fuller continues…"Tony is a great teacher and the players on this team will run through walls for him. He is a great role model for our guys both on and off the field."

“I am very excited to be accepting the position of Defensive Coordinator with the Beef,” said Veland. “I have definitely enjoyed being involved with the Beef over the past two seasons, and to be offered the position shows that they have a ton of respect for me, and belief in my ability to lead our defensive unit. Working with Coach Fuller again will be an absolute treat as his intensity, along with the caliber of talent that we field, will make for a very successful year. I look forward to the season getting underway.”

The Beef also announced today that quarterback John McMenamin is added to the 2005 roster and wide receiver A. J. Street returns.

Omaha Beef Football has added former Northwest Missouri State quarterback John McMenamin to the 2005 roster. McMenamin, an Omaha Central High School graduate, was also a member of Northwest Missouri State’s back-to-back Division II National Championship teams. His senior year McMenamin led the Bearcats to the MIAA Conference championship and a 12-1 record.

The 6-5, 225lbs McMenamin passed for 6,225 career yards while at Northwest Missouri State and still holds many passing records at the school. McMenamin has also played for the Austin Wranglers and the Dallas Desperados of the AFL. McMenamin will bring strong leadership to the Beef offense.

Making his return to the Beef a second year is wide receiver A. J. Street. In his first season with the Beef last year he accumulated 542 yards on 46 receptions with 10 touchdowns. He also ran 7 kick returns back for 142 yards. Street’s contribution to the team also includes 4.5 tackles. He holds a team season individual game record for number of touchdown receptions with three at the Show Me Believers on June 26, 2004.

"We are very excited to have AJ back in a Beef uniform. He is a hard working athlete who is a scoring threat every time he touches the football,” said Robert Fuller, Omaha Beef Football Head Coach.

2005 will mark Street’s 3rd season in indoor football as he started his career leading the Bismarck Roughriders with 726 yards on 56 receptions and 23 touchdowns. He attended the University of Mary in North Dakota where he was an All-American.

Omaha Beef Football will host an invitation only player tryout at The Soccer Center located at 147th & Giles this weekend, Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th. Any player interested in participation should contact Head Coach Robert Fuller at the Omaha Beef Football office. The general public is invited to observe.

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