The weekly battle on the gridiron doesn't take place just in youth, high school, college and pro football leagues. Thousands of adults play football in hundreds of semi-pro leagues around North America. Unlike pro football, which covers the entire United States, semi-pro leagues are generally regional in nature and may play by different rule sets, but they still have rivalries and championships that are just as important to these players as the Super Bowl.
The semi-pro leagues consist of athletes, both men and women, who play solely for the love of the game. The moniker "semi-pro" may sound impressive, but the reality is that this term really stands for "amateur." Teams are made up of a wide range of athletes, from former high school stars who didn't go to college, to ex-pro players and college players, to couch potatoes. Not only do they not get paid, but also many players must pay dues to participate.
Still, that's not much sacrifice to the men and women who suit up to play their favorite sport. If you want to join their ranks, you should know a few things before you try out. Click through our 10 tips to help you get ready for a successful semi-pro football career.
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ABC 7's Linda Carson and Millionaires Michael Lynch
SARASOTA, Fla. - You know those old sayings...’it's never too late’...’never give up.’ Well a man in Sarasota has proved it's true. Michael Lynch is 64 years old. He's accomplished a lot in his life, but the deep longing to play football once again would just never go away. So he decided to give it one more shot. Semi-pro football is hard-nosed, hard hitting, and players are trying to get noticed by college or pro scouts. Michael Lynch plays on the semi-pro Sarasota Millionaires the same team former Sarasota High football star Michael Ford plays on. "He just tried out for the Bucs two weeks ago, and they think they will ask him back to camp this coming summer," says Lynch. This is the first time Lynch has played football in 38 years. "The last time I played football? When I played semi-pro on Long Island in ‘75 and ’76." His love for football started at Bayshore High School in Long Island. "My senior year I had a very good year at safety and wide receiver. I had the good pleasure of walking on at East Carolina University." He even got to know Joe Namath.
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The Sarasota Millionaires hosted the SW FL. Panthers this past Saturday at Sarasota High School and came away with the WIN 41 - 14.
The Millionaires will host the Brevard Hurricanes this Saturday March 1st, 5pm, at Sarasota High School 1000 S. School Ave. Sarasota General Admission $7.00
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Doug has been the media coordinator for the Sarasota Millionaires Football Team, one of the most successful minor league football teams in the country. He has been a part of the Millionaires organization for over 10 years as the play-by-play announcer for both radio and podcast broadcasts. He has also covered the team by writing stories for the team and league websites.
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IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN TEAMMATES
Thomas "TJ" Mills12/1/1988-1/15/2011
GONE TOO SOON..FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
Sarasota Millionaires And Their Continued Community Services
The Sarasota Millionaires football organization are known for their continued community services throughtout their community over the years. The organization has participated in various community services some of which have included passing out Thanksgiving turkey's complete with all the trimmings to elderly recipients in the community, reading books on "Read-A-Book Day" to local elementary and day care children, community clean-ups, annual F-CAT pep rallies at schools throughout Sarasota county, and more!
Mentoring The Youth
F-CAT Pep Rally at Emma E. Booker Elementary
Thanksgiving Turkey Give-A-Way
The Sarasota Millionaires ARE dedicated to providing pride and growth in our community. It's not just about football for the Sarasota Millionaires. We are committed to providing success to our players both on and off the field. The Sarasota Millionaires provide positive mentorship and planned activities for the youths in the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. Although the team's season runs from September - April our programs continue throughout the year. Our motto is community FIRST and football is second.
If you would like the Sarasota Millionaires Football Organization to be a part of your planned event, please feel free to email us at SarasotaMillionaires@verizon.net
Click Here To View Throwback Pictures Of The Sarasota Millionaires Football Team Over The YearsCreated By: Mr. Shawn Kitchell Millionaires
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