by Alex Husting

First off, what an unbelievable blessing it has been to put on Lions blue for so long.  There are so many people to thank that I could never get through it all. Thank you all for allowing me to be your Quarterback and your friend.

My times at the Civic Center and at Garrett-Harrison have been full of its ups and downs (fortunately much more ups than downs) and it is a time in my life that will forever be special to me.  Columbus and Phenix City have become a second home to me and I will miss it dearly, but more importantly I will miss the people even more.  You all have become family to me, and I am forever grateful.  I appreciate all the texts, messages, and calls I have received from people inside and outside of the organization expressing support and well-wishes.  It means a ton to me!

My final message to Lions fans is simple. You are in great hands.  Coach Gibson is the best coach in Arena Football, period. Darren is a top flight quarterback, and this roster has the most talent in the league from top to bottom.  I fully expect a championship to be brought back home to Columbus this season.

It is very bittersweet for me to know I will never be able to run out of the tunnel in front of you all again.  You are and will always be the best, most passionate fans in Arena Football.  I will always be a fan and look forward to Columbus continuing their tradition of dominance.  One last time, thank you all for EVERYTHING!

All the Best,

Mason Espinosa #15