Shorts & Wade Are Back with Albany

October 10th, 2022

The Albany Empire bring back LB/FB Trevon Shorts and WR/DB Marquel Wade for 2023 Season

Albany, NY: The Albany Empire announced today that the team has re-signed LB/FB Trevon Shorts and WR/DB Marquel Wade for 2023 National Arena League season.  Both Shorts and Wade made significant impacts for the Empire in 2022 on their way to a National Arena League title.   Shorts a native of Prince George's County, Maryland has his sights set on another season in Albany as he looks to win his third championship since being in Albany.  Shorts was a part of both the Empire’s NAL Championships in 2021 and 2022.  Wade a native of Jacksonville, Florida joined the Empire in the early stages of the 2022 season.  However, Wade quickly made his impact known not only making plays as wide receiver and defensive back in the passing game but as a return specialist as well.

Marquel Wade ended his 2022 season with 31 receptions, 350 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns over the course of nine games.  Wade also tallied up 14 tackles, 6 pass breakups and 2 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.  Wade’s ability to adapt easily to the Ironman rules of the National Arena League makes him a dynamic piece to the Empire roster.

Trevon Shorts appeared in ten games for the Empire during his 2022 campaign.  With a constant presence on the defensive and offensive sides of the ball, Shorts consistently had a nose for the football ending the year with one forced fumble and four rushing touchdowns.  Shorts also has made a strong impact on his community during his time in Albany. During his downtime in 2022, Shorts spent time over at local, Albany High School assisting with the football team.  

About The Albany Empire

The Albany Empire was founded in 2018 and have won titles in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2019 as well as the National Arena League (NAL) in 2021 and 2022. The Empire play their home games at the MVP Arena located at 51 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY. For more information about the Empire please email For ticket sales and information please call (518)714-2200 Ext. 101 or Email or visit

About The National Arena League

The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at For more information about the NAL visit,,,

About The MVP Arena

MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany Empire of the National Arena League, the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit