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ALBANY - The Albany Empire announce that two players have been assigned to the team roster on the fifth day of free agency. Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed. The free agency signing period for the Arena Football League began on Monday, March 4.

“We have spent countless hours scouting the best football talent, and that shows throughout the first week of free agency,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire.  “We have unfinished business to settle and one collective goal in mind: bringing a championship back to where it belongs in the Capital Region.”

EJ Levenberry, Linebacker

Originally from Viriginia, EJ Levenberry began his college career at Florida State University with a bang, winning a National Championship in his freshman season with the Seminoles.  He appeared in 13 games during the team’s championship run and chipped in 39 tackles on the season.  The following season, Levenberry and the Seminoles played in the Rose Bowl, falling short to Oregon in 2014. Levenberry then transferred to UConn, where he tied for the team lead with four sacks in his senior year.  Levenberry most recently spent time with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football League.

Cheatham Norrils, Defensive Back

Ohio native, Cheatham Norrils stayed in his home state where he attended the University of Toledo a and made an impact as early as his freshman year.  The defensive back played for five seasons, and as a redshirt senior, was named First Team All-Conference as the team captain.  Following college, Norrils was invited to minicamps with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints before landing in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  After his stint in the CFL, Norrils made his way to the NAL where he played with the Massachusetts Pirates for two seasons.  Last season with the Pirates, Norrils was second on the team in total tackles with 59 and chipped in four interceptions and a fumble recovery.  Norrils most recently spent time in the Alliance of American Football League with the Salt Lake Stallions.

Fans can secure season tickets for the Albany Empire by calling 518-533-2200, by going to, or by stopping by the Empire office located in the Times Union Center. A limited number of great seats are still available!  Want to bring your organization to a game, fundraise, or perform on the field? Group experiences are now on sale.  Call 518-533-2200 for additional information.

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About Albany Empire

Season memberships for the 2019 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany Empire sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to Follow the team on Facebook at and Twitter at

About the Arena Football League

The Arena Football League enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams for 2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Each team will play 12 regular-season games in 2019. One can find the League can on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

About Times Union Center

Albany’s Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the Times Union Center is “Upstate New York’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world’s largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year.

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 26 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.

About Transfinder

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to school districts, municipalities and adult care facilities. Transfinder, an Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for the past eleven straight years, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. The software company develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics.

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