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The former Baylor University product took over the quarterback spot from veteran signal-caller Albert Higgs ...
When the Katy Ruff Riders take the field Saturday for a rematch with the CenTex Barracudas, it will be without venerable quarterback Albert Higgs on the roster.
Ruff Riders officials confirmed this week that Higgs
has been cut from the team.
The release came prior to last Monday's game with the San Angelo Stampede Express
The team made no announcement of Higgs' release and no reason was given for his
had started every game in Ruff Riders history until the week prior ...
HeraldNet: Hawks given the boot
Quarterback Albert Higgs (17-for-30, 165 yards, five TDs, three interceptions) threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cory Grow. and then Craig Hawley's conversion kick set off a wild celebration by most of the 3,796 on hand - less a sizable contingent of Fever fans.
Anthony Simmons took a hand-off from Higgs
, juked right and squirted left for his biggest 4-yard gain of the season.
Then, facing fourth-and-ten at the Fever 19, Albert Higgs
ran 12 yards for a first down at the 7 with less than a minute to play.
After trailing 21-0 in the first quarter Everett clawed its way back and managed to trail just 30-28 at the end of the first half.
They took their first lead, 35-30, barely a minute into the second half when Higgs
threw a 25-yard TD pass to Jason Quinn.
On third-and-28 Higgs
calmly threw consecutive pass completions to AJ Street of 20 and 12 yards to give Everett a first down at the Fever 4.On the next play he found Street again with a 4-yard TD pass to bring the Hawks back within 28-20.
Myers' diving interception at the Hawks 2 stymied Tri-Cities on its next possession.
New Squadron Dispatched to Rapid City by NIFL - OurSports Central
Leading the charge for the Flying Aces will be 2005 NIFL MVP quarterback Albert Higgs.Higgs is a veteran QB from Sonoma State University.He has been playing professional football for 7 seasons, the last two for Maciejczak.He played last season for the Everett Hawks, leading the league in both yards passing with 3,031 yards and touchdowns thrown with 72.Prior to playing in Everett, Higgs played for division rival, the Billings Outlaws, for 3 seasons where he led his team to the Championship in 2002.
Former NFL quarterback Donald Hollas, a ...
Former NFL quarterback Donald Hollas, a Rosenberg native, will bring a high-octane, passing-oriented offense to the field led by record-setting NIFL quarterback Albert Higgs.
is a veteran of the indoor game who led the Rapid City Flying Aces to last year's NIFL championship game after helping end the Copperheads' playoff run 60-38 last July.
Rapid City Flying Aces
July 5, 2006 - Flying Aces quarterback Albert Higgs is having a great time playing football here.You can tell by the way he signs autographs after games, or when he throws footballs to fans in the stands during halftime.
If Higgs looks like a big kid it's because he
loves what he's
doing and the path he
took to get here.
"I love playing and I love it here.I love the indoor game and the guys I'm playing with," he
said."I've always loved playing sports.All my life I've played and competed and that's what's made me successful."Higgs
is a tremendous athlete.This year he's
thrown 55 touchdown passes for over 1997 yards with just 11 interceptions in leading the team to an 11-2 record.At 5-11 and 244 pounds, you wouldn't expect him to be as mobile as he
is, but Higgs
has scrambled away from trouble a number of times and completed touchdown passes in the process.
"It's a tough game.Those guys out there are fast.You have to be able to move in this league," he
said."I'm lucky.We have a lot of young guys on the team and they've done a great job this year."Head coach Dan Maciejczak has coached Higgs the past three years and thinks the world of his quarterback.
In fact, Maciejczak
played against Higgs
in the NIFL
prior to retiring and starting his coaching career.
..."I was playing nose guard and Albert was back there scrambling around.
wouldn't divulge his
age.The Aces Web site has his
date of birth as May 6, 1968, which would make him 38 years old.However, Higgs
said age has nothing to do with one's ability to play.
"I'm ageless," he
Sports were a blessing for Higgs
growing up in Santa Rosa, Calif., where he
was raised by his
mother and lived with her
"Santa Rosa was a nice town but we lived in the part that wasn't really nice," said Higgs
."During the summer they had a sports camp that lasted from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon and that's where I'd be.Sports were a salvation for me.Most of my friends I had when I was growing up are in prison or they're dead.Sports kept me out of trouble."Attending Montgomery High School, Higgs was a standout in football, baseball, basketball, and track.
Upon graduation he
attended Sonoma State in California and played football.After graduating he
was drafted by the Detroit Tigers to play baseball as a middle infielder, but after playing minor league ball at the AA level for three years he
gave it up.
"Playing in the minors was tough.There were hundreds of guys all wanting to make the pros but it's very difficult," he
said."I saw I wasn't going to be going anywhere soon so I decided to not waste my time."
The year was 1994, and at that point he
got the opportunity to play in NFL Europe.All totaled he
played three years in the league for Barcelona and Germany before returning to the states.
"It was a chance to play football and pursue the dream of playing in the NFL.Everybody wants to play in the NFL.Football was always my first love and so I pursued it," he
...Higgs is a scratch golfer and meticulously works to improve his game.
"When you pound balls for hours at a time and work on certain shots you know you're hooked," he
said,While golf slowly worked its way into Higgs' life he continued to play football, playing in the Professional Indoor Football League before joining the National Indoor Football League in 2000.He
played for Boise that year and then went to Utah in 2001.He
played for Billings in 2002 and 2003, where he
first began playing for Maciejczak
.They've been a matched pair ever since.
"We've been together and know each other very well.I've always taken care of the offense and he takes care of the defense," said Higgs, who has always been Maciejczak's offensive coordinator wherever they've been.
After the 2003 season the twosome left Billings for Myrtle Beach and the Stingrays.It was great for Higgs' golf game, but the football team wasn't very good.They went back to Billings and finished out the 2004 season, and then went to Everett, Wash., for 2005 where Higgs
teamed to lead the squad to a 14-0 regular season mark.
then came to Rapid City with his
old boss to start the franchise here.
never wanted to leave Rapid City, but at the time he
had to make a decision.
is savoring the opportunity to go all the way this year.
"After everything we've been through this year, how sweet would it be to win the whole thing?"he
asked with a laugh.