The Massachusetts Pirates have re-signed first team All-National Arena League defensive back Kiante Northington for the 2019 season.
Northington led the NAL with 12 interceptions. He also was third in passes defended with 18. In just his first season playing in any professional league, the 5-9, 185 lb. DB out of Eastern Kentucky was also eighth in the league with 63.5 tackles (55 solo, 17 assisted). The Louisville, KY native returned one interception for a TD, led the NAL with 132 interception return yards, forced one fumble and recovered two for the 11 win Pirates.
“It was a great feeling knowing that all my hard work paid off, but I think this year, now that I have a feel for the game and actually know what I am doing, I think it should be another great year and maybe even better,” Northington said.
Jawad Yatim, President of the Pirates, feels that Northington and take his game to the next level.
"We are thrilled to have Kiante back in a Pirates uniform. Going into last season we weren't too sure what to expect from Kiante, but he came in with a purpose and quickly stood out in camp and it translated to the regular season and beyond. He's the ultimate professional on and off the field, a great person and a heck of a ball player. To come in and lead the league in interceptions his rookie year speaks volumes to what he's capable of. His ability to adapt and grasp a new game in arena football, and thrive in a higher level of competition speaks volumes as to what kind of person he is and the future he has. We are expecting him to be one our leaders this year," Yatim said.
A standout player at Butler Traditional High School in Louisville, Northington received a partial scholarship to Eastern Kentucky. He played his way into a full ride and finished his college career in 2016 as a second team All-Ohio Valley Conference performer.
After college he returned to Butler High as an assistant football coach working with the defensive backs while waiting for an opportunity to continue his playing career. He received that opportunity last season with Massachusetts and made his mark on the league. This offseason he is coaching once again at Butler and the team is ranked in the top five in the state.
“I enjoy it. I’m able to teach people what I’ve been taught. I just try to be a part of these young men’s lives and be a positive role model; give them someone to look up to like I had when I was growing up.”
Now as Northington prepares for his second season in Worcester he says if the team has a singular mindset good things will happen.
“Last year we fell short and I did not want to leave on a bad note. Last year was our first year and it was great season but we can come back and if we can work together we can win a championship.”
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