SPOKANE, Wash. - As kickoff to the inaugural season of the new Arena Football League nears, the Spokane Shock added another AFL veteran to their lineup. Robert Redd, a wide receiver, was placed on re-assignment, and defensive back Jeremy Unertl was added to the roster, the Shock said.
Unertl, 6-2 225, has collected over 300 tackles (304) in his five-year AFL career, most of which was spent with the Chicago Rush. In 2008, Unertl tied for the team lead in tackles (92.5) and finished second on the team in interceptions (5) returning two for touchdowns. In his first season with the Rush, 2006, Unertl had a break-out season and helped led the team to its first ever Arena Bowl Championship.
That season, Unertl led the team in tackles (74.5), interceptions (8) and pass break-ups (12) and was voted the team's MVP.
"The experience that he has is unmatched. When you combine his resume of accomplishments with his knowledge of the game and leadership it's hard to match those abilities," Head Coach Rob Keefe explained. "He's an aggressive player, he's a talented player and he's going to get the crowd into it."
In addition to his AFL experience, Unertl also has NFL experience with the Green Bay Packers (2002 and 2003 – training camp) and the Baltimore Ravens (2003 training camp). He spent the 2003 season in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy where he registered 29 tackles and 9 pass break-ups and captured a World Bowl Championship.
An academic All-American, Unertl played for the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse where he collected 209 tackles and 16 interceptions during his career.
The Shock's training camp starts on March 15. The regular season kicks off April 2 at Spokane Arena against the Milwaukee Iron – a game seen live on SWX-TV.