Fortson Article 2017

COLUMBUS, GA -- Veteran wide receiver Jarmon Fortson, a key contributor to multiple professional and local high school championships, has signed for his fourth season with the Columbus Lions of the new National Arena League (NAL).

In 11 games with the Lions last season, Fortson, 6’3” and 225 lbs., caught 52 passes for 598 yards (11.4 per catch) and 24 touchdowns. He moved into second place on the Lions’ all-time touchdown receptions list with 62, passing Maurice Dupree and trailing only Gerald Gales’ 102. The Lions have played ten seasons (2007-16).

Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Jason Gibson said “Jarmon is a dominant wide receiver and a winner. From his high school championships with Carver to leading the Lions to back-to-back titles, he knows how to compete. He has always been a leader on the field of play but he wants to be the team leader in the locker room as well.”

Gibson continued “Jarmon’s size and strength are mismatches for any defensive back, but what sets him apart from 99% of wide receivers is his physical play. I would put him up against anyone.” Fortson, in fact, is one of the few offensive players who has also played defense and special teams for Gibson, as a hard-hitting linebacker and kick return specialist.

Fortson played at Florida State and North Alabama before returning to Columbus, beginning his professional career in 2014. The past two Lions’ championship teams on which he played were in the 2015 PIFL (Professional Indoor Football League) and the 2016 AIF (American Indoor Football).

The Lions begin NAL play on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in “The Jungle”, or Columbus Civic Center, in a marquee league opener against the Jacksonville Sharks. Call 706-322-3336 for season ticket and flex-plan pricing and information.

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