TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm concluded training camp earlier this afternoon. While the players knew final cuts were coming, you’d be hard-pressed to find a happier bunch.
“We all came into camp this season with one thing in mind and that is family,” said defensive lineman Everett Dawkins. “This camp we built a solid foundation and we’re all happy for each other one way or another.”
A family and brotherhood is what the team wanted to create from the first day of camp. This was something that the coaches and staff will look to carry on throughout the season.
“We changed a lot of things around here,” said head coach Lawrence Samuels. “Our philosophy has changed and so has our culture. We have a group here that wants to play for each other. You can’t beat that.”
Culture is one of the most important aspects when it comes to football. It is something that can either make or break a team. With the Storm’s long history and tradition, it’s imperative for the team to create a culture that will foster a winning tradition.
“This team has a rich history of winning,” said quarterback Jonathan Bane. “If we stay together as a team, we can really build something special here and get back to the top.”
This will be no small feat to accomplish; however with the right attitude and players wanting to put on the blue and gold, the team will be prepared to give the fans what they deserve, and that is a winning culture.
Warm Welcome: The Storm traded for offensive lineman Andrew Miller. Miller (6-foot-4, 310 lbs., Virginia Tech) comes to the Storm for his first season in the blue and gold. He spent part of the 2015 season with the Arizona Rattlers. Prior to turning pro, Miller played started in 34-of-46 games for the Hokies, earning Honorable Mention All-ACC honors in his senior season (2013).
Final Roster Cuts: The Tampa Bay Storm’s final 24-man roster will be announced tomorrow. Fans will be able to see who will represent them on the field on opening night, April 1.
Throwback Night: The Storm will host “Throwback Night” on April 1 when it takes on the Orlando Predators in the season’s first installment of the ‘War on I-4.” Fans will be treated to a special celebration that consists of throwback uniforms, replica championship rings in honor of the 1991 ArenaBowl Championship team and the night will be capped off with a free concert by Coolio on AMALIE Motor Oil Field. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Tampa 3000: The Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators each share a history that goes back 25 years. With each team holding a special 25th anniversary celebration, it was only right that the “War on I-4” open the 2016 season. What is even more special is that the opening game of the 2016 season will be the 3,000th game in League history. All fans are urged to come out to AMALIE Arena on April 1, the Storm’s “Throwback Night,” to celebrate this historic event. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. EST.