Player Spotlight: Michael Lindsey

May 28, 2013 Brandon Harrell

The Tampa Bay Storm has some of the most talented players in the AFL.  “Player Spotlight” is a new segment where we’ll be taking a closer look at each of the Storm players and their specialties.  This week the light lands on the team’s all-purpose yards leader Michael Lindsey.

The local 6-1 200 pound receiver/kick returner was born in St. Petersburg and went to Boca Ciega High School where he also played defensive back.  From there, Lindsey played college ball at N.W. Mississippi Community College and was named to the NJCAA All-America Team in 2009.  One of the few walk-ons in the AFL, Michael Lindsey started his Storm career after a tryout in 2011.

His rookie year, Lindsey set the Storm’s all-time single-season kickoff return yards mark with 1745, passing previous holder George LaFance’s record of 1,282 set back in 1998.

Continuing his success in 2012 Lindsey passed T.T. Toliver for second on the all-time career kickoff return yard list during a game against Pittsburgh.  Michael Lindsey would go on to tally seven games with over 100 kick return yards each.

This year, behind Joe Hills and Greg Ellingson, Michael Lindsey has six touchdown receptions and 32 catches for 372 yards so far this season.  No doubt Lindsey is a dynamic threat to defensive backs, but he is still most impressive when reading blocks and finding holes during kick returns. 

Michael Lindsey is currently ranked fourth in the league among kick returns with 789 yards in ten games including two for TD's.  His longest returns were during the season opener against Jacksonville where he ran it back 55 yards for a touchdown, and another 55 yarder during military appreciation night against the Philadelphia Soul.

As the season progresses, follow Michael Lindsey chase down George LaFrance for the franchise record of all-time career kickoff return yards.


Franchise All-Time Career KO Return Yard Leaders:

Rank

Player

Yards

1

George LaFrance

5,116

2

Michael Lindsey

3,626

3

T.T. Toliver

2,120

4

James Bowden

2,120

5

Freddie Solomon

1,758