BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Brigade announced today the signing of veteran quarterback Shane Boyd, who returns to Baltimore for his third season.
“We are very excited about Shane Boyd being on board with us going forward,” said Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith. “Shane is a phenomenal leader. He is dedicated to his craft and knows how to hold himself and his teammates accountable. I honestly believe his best football is ahead of him.”
Boyd has completed 319 passes for 4,071 yards and 71 touchdowns throughout his seven-year experience in the Arena Football League. He has played for the Milwaukee Mustangs, Tampa Bay Storm, San Antonio Talons, Arizona Rattlers, and the Cleveland Gladiators before joining the Brigade in 2017.
“It was important for us to sign a veteran quarterback during the AFL free agency period” added Smith. “We are looking forward to see how he attacks his expanding role to lead the Brigade team.”
Boyd split the 2017 regular season with the Brigade and the Gladiators. In Cleveland, Boyd passed for 288 yards and five touchdowns. In Baltimore, Boyd appeared in seven games and threw 31 passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns. In the 2017 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Soul (54-69), Boyd completed 21 of 33 passes for 324 yards and seven touchdowns. During the 2018 season, Boyd was awarded the Most Inspirational Player by his Brigade teammates and coaching staff.
“I am blessed by the trust and loyalty the Brigade have had in me.” Boyd said. “I’m excited to continue working with Coach Smith and my new role as a leader for my team. I look forward to growing as a player and helping my teammates perform at a high rate, not only on the field but inspire them off the field as well.”
The Kentucky Wildcats alum has made several stops in the NFL, including appearances with the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. Boyd also played in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes in 2009. Boyd’s collegiate career totals include 2,484 passing yards and 13 touchdowns during his 36 games at Kentucky. Boyd also racked up 845 rushing yards for an additional 13 touchdowns.
Boyd is joined by defensive lineman Garrett Hughes and wide receivers Shaq Roland, Phazahn Odom, and Caylon Weathers who were added to the training camp roster last week.
Single game tickets for the 2019 season are currently on sale. Brigade fans have access to a 24-hour flash sale for 20% off now through April 3 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets with the promo code BAL19 on TicketMaster only.
The Brigade training camp begins on Friday, April 5 at Coppermine Fieldhouse. Weekday practices will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and weekend practices will be held in the evenings starting at 8 p.m. The last hour of practice is open to the media. Media interested in covering the event must RSVP by emailing email@example.com at least 24 hours prior to practice.