All-Pro DL-Anthony Wise back for 2023 action
The Erie Express are happy to announce the return of DL-Anthony Wise (University of Utah) for the 2022 season. Anthony begins his third season with us and is a returning starter in the defensive line rotation.
In 2022 the Erie Express were named USA Bowl Summer Division National Champions, won our Division of the GDFL for the fourth year in a row and qualified for the GDFL National Playoffs for the seventh season in a row. We will be heading to Florida again in January to face off against another defending champion in the Minneapolis Warriors. Anthony played a major role in those team accolades.
Anthony does an amazing job up front for us and his play allows our linebackers to run free. Both inside linebackers were named All-Pro with one being named GDFL Defensive Player of the Year. That does not happen by accident and Anthony had a huge hand in making that possible.
On the season Anthony recorded 20 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss of -42 yards, 4 sacks and a pass breakup
Anthony joined us late during the 2021 season but made an immediate impact and earned his starting spot rotating on the defensive line. Anthony played a major role in our winning the 2021 GDFL National Championship game. With :17 on the clock, Blackhawks on our 9yd line 2nd and goal, Anthony sacked the quarterback at the 29yd line and the Blackhawk's were unable to get back in time as the final seconds ran off the clock.
Anthony graduated from Perry High School (OH) where he was a 3x All State Selection, 3x All League selection and was selected to play in the Big 33 All-Star game. From there he signed with Toledo University before transferring to Snow College where he won a JUCO National Title, earned All-American status and was named Defensive MVP of the National Championship game. Anthony finished his college career at the University of Utah where an injury cut his college career short.
"Anthony has been a major part of our success over the past two seasons. He has a great team first attitude. Plays whatever is asked of him. Rotates in and at various positions without hesitation or complaint. The guy just punches in and works for a full 60 minutes every Saturday. We love what Anthony brings to this team and the success that has followed him to Erie just proves the winner he is. We are blessed to have him back on board and are expecting great things from him in 2023 "-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
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We are happy to have you back on board the PAINTRAIN Anthony! GO EXPRESS!