Imagine if you couldn’t watch or hear your favorite professional team when they are on the road. If you are a Baltimore Mariners fan, this is the season where you can hear all the team’s away games broadcast via Ustream with will have color commentary, play-by-play coverage and the names of the stars of the team, as well as more newcomers, being called out. Two more players from the NFL pedigree signed with the Mariners for the 2010 season and eight players were selected to participate in the AIFA (American Indoor Football Association) Kickoff Classic in Richmond, Virginia on Jan. 23.
Three Maryland natives joined the Mariners recently – offensive lineman Konstantinos “Gus” Kosmakos (Phoenix, MD) re-signed and wide receivers De’yon Williams (Suitland, MD) and Robbie Robinson (Columbia, MD) – along with offensive lineman from the University of Delaware, Rich Beverly.
Beverly and Williams both were signees of the Washington Redskins. Beverly, the 6-6, 305 pound lineman, signed as an un-drafted free agent in 2009 and Williams signed in 2007, but they were released shortly after they signed. Beverly reunited with his teammate from college, Kheon Hendricks, and help propelled the Delaware Blue Hens to the 2007 National Championship while protecting their star quarterback, Joe Flacco (starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens).
Kosmakos was a significant factor as he helped to anchor the Mariners’ offensive line last season to allow running back Isaiah Grier to lead the AIFA in rushing (514 yards) and second in rushing touchdowns (20). Kosmakos (the Dulaney High School grad in Timonium, MD) was welcomed back by the team and his experience is undeniable. “Gus is one of the best players I have ever been associated with both on and off the field,” said Mariners’ general manager Greg Justice. “His passion for life, family and football are strong and undeniable. Having Gus is like having another coach on the field at all times. I will be very excited to see Gus after a year of arena football under his belt.”
Robinson is a speedy receiver and after his high school days at Wilde Lake, he ran track for Morgan State University. After two years at Morgan (2003-2005), Robinson transfer to the University of Maryland where he walked on the football team and became a member of the scout team. Robinson’s experience of playing wide receiver and defensive back in high school helped him to adjust to the game of football quickly. Robinson played in the newly established UFL (United Football League) last year where he clocked in the 40-yard dash at a 4.28 time.
While listening to the away broadcast, the voices you’ll hear will be from two UMBC (University of Baltimore County) graduates and Pasadena, MD natives. Steve McNelly joined the Mariners’ organization in September 2009 after he graduated from UMBC in August 2009. McNelly currently writes weekly Baltimore Ravens previews and reviews for citythatreeds.com and provides coverage for NASCAR at chickenfriedracing.com. Wolfe is a seasoned veteran in the world of sports. Wolfe has written for the Baltimore Sun, Baseball Digest and many others publications and done radio work for ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio with appearances on Comcast Sportsnet. Wolfe currently is the Mariners’ Media Relations Director with a background of being a general manager for other franchises, having four seasons of indoor football experience in the front office. During the season, McNelly and Wolfe can be heard on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/baltimore-mariners-radio.
Out of the eight participants, five Mariners – wide receiver Scorpio Brown, defensive backs Andre’ Letren and Armar Watson, kicker J.R. Cipra, and linebacker Adam Goloboski – will play in the Kickoff Classic at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA on Jan. 23. Mariners’ defensive back Richard Johnson, wide receiver Jamaal Stokes and Grier won’t be in attendance because of prior obligations.