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Pirates Sign Former Wisconsin Badger


The Massachusetts Pirates professional arena football team in Worcester, MA have signed former Wisconsin defensive back Lubern Figaro.  Figaro, 6’-1” 180lbs. from nearby Everett, MA played four seasons for the Badgers from 2014 through 2017 were he lettered each season.

In 50 games Figaro totaled 59 tackles in his career with nine passes broken up and one interception. Starting as a true freshman at safety, he was a part of Badger teams that won four consecutive bowl games. He also saw time a cornerback as the team went 45-10 during his time in Madison.

This year Figaro signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns and most recently was in camp with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.  Now Figaro can’t wait to be playing close to home.

“This is going to be amazing for me. To be able to play close to home is the best feeling in the world. I want to bring a championship to the area. My family will be able to see me play and that’s one of the most important things. I’m really excited to play for the Pirates,” he said.

When Pirates fans watch Figaro they will notice his 4.4 speed and has a physical style of play.

“I’m an aggressive corner. I can play corner, safety or nickel. I’m able to cover one on one and tackle in space,” he added.

This will be his first venture into arena football but feels he’ll be able to make the necessary adjustments.  If he needs a hand he knows he can rely on one of his former teammates from Everett High School. Pirates defensive back Manny Asprilla.

“I’ll have a guy like Manny Asprilla to help me out. He’s been around and he’ll be a great teacher for me. I know Manny pretty well. He was a senior when I was a freshman in high school. I use to go and watch him play when I was growing up,” Figaro said.

Now Figaro will bring his skills and a winning culture from Wisconsin to Worcester.

“At Wisconsin, there we had a mentality that we had to win out. The guys in the locker room stuck together. We relied on each other. We always had each other’s back and picked each other up. It was great. For us to win ten games a season every single year was amazing.

I can understand the speed of the game being able to play in the Big 10 and playing with bigger guys. Playing at Wisconsin you have to be smart and being around intelligent coaches helped me out a lot,” he said.

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