Adrian Battles

Adrian Battles (born October 30, 1987) is an American football offensive guard who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Minnesota State University, Mankato from 2005 to 2009.

Adrian Battles
Free agent
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born:October 30, 1987 (age 31)
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:318 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school:Milwaukee (WI) Vincent
College:Minnesota State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

College career

Battles played college football from 2005 to 2009 as an offensive tackle for the Minnesota State Mavericks.[1][2] He was a four-year starter at Mankato, starting in 43 of 46 games while with the program.[3] According to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Battles "dominated the NCAA Division II ranks" as an offensive lineman for Mankato.[4] Battles credited offensive line coach Mike Cunningham for treating him like a son and keeping him motivated through four years at Mankato.[5]

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

In May 2010, Battles signed as a free agent to play professional football with the Minnesota Vikings. He was moved by the Vikings from an offensive tackle to an offensive guard.[2][3] He told reporters that the position change presented a challenge due to the differences in footwork and technique, but added, "When I get an opportunity, I have to make the most of it."[6] Before playing in his first pre-season game in August 2010, Battles told a reporter, "I haven't even been to an NFL game. To actually play in the first NFL game I go to is awesome. I'm looking forward to it."[7] After completing the entire NFL preseason with the Vikings, Battles was released on September 5, 2010.[4][8]

Green Bay Packers

In December 2010, he signed with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was a member of the Packers practice squad and became "an unofficial good-luck charm" for the Packers who went 7-0 after he joined the team (two regular season games and five postseason games) to become the first No. 6 seed from the NFC to play in the Super Bowl.[4][9]

Battles was part of the Packers' practice squad at Super Bowl XLV. With the team in Irving, Texas, Battles told a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I was a Packer fan growing up. Just to be a part of this organization is great -- especially to be a part of the Super Bowl experience. A lot of guys don't get to experience this, even guys who have long careers. It's a blessing to be here and I'm thankful for it."[10]

At the media day before Super Bowl XLV, Battles showed up wearing a giant "cheesehead." Photographs of the grinning, 6 foot, 3 inch, 315 pound cheesehead were published in multiple newspapers including a featured picture of the day in the United Kingdom's The Daily Telegraph.[11][12][13][14][15] Battles told reporters, "I'm enjoying every minute of it."[15]

In August 2011, he joined the Packers for their visit to the White House after winning Super Bowl XLV and was prominently featured in photographs as he stood behind President Barack Obama. When his photograph was printed in newspapers across the country, friends of Battles joked that he "must have sneaked in there."[8] Asked about his prominent placement, Battles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I just call myself lucky for getting that spot. We went down in rows and I ended up right there in the front."[8]

On July 31, 2011, the second day of the Packers' 2011 training camp, Battles suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon.[8] He was unable to return to the team after the injury and was waived/injured on August 30, 2011.[16] After clearing waivers, he was placed on injured reserve and released with an injury settlement on September 2.

Green Bay Blizzard

Battles played for the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League in 2014.

Cleveland Gladiators

Battles started the final game of the 2015 season for the Cleveland Gladiators.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Battles at home in Viking camp: Spent his college career playing on the same practice fields". Mankato Free Press. July 31, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Battles Battling Away at Vikings Training Camp". Mav Blog. August 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Chad Courrier (May 4, 2010). "Vikings sign former Mav Battles: Former Minnesota State tackle to move to guard". Mankato Free Press.
  4. ^ a b c "Persistence paying off for former MSU Mankato offensive lineman". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. February 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Former Mankato player at Super Bowl with Packers". Aberdeen American News. February 4, 2011. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Former MSU player Battles for a spot on the Vikings: Tackle-turned-guard feeling more comfortable with each practice". Mankato Free Press. May 29, 2010.
  7. ^ Chad Courrier (August 13, 2010). "Former Mav Battles for roster spot; ready for 1st game: Vikings guard has never attended an NFL game". Mankato Free Press.
  8. ^ a b c d Bob McGinn (August 15, 2011). "Battles will always have a chief claim to fame". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  9. ^ "Adrian Battles". Green Bay Packers. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  10. ^ Gary D'Amato (February 2, 2011). "Milwaukee's Battles glad to be here". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  11. ^ "Pictures of the day". The Telegraph. February 2, 2011.
  12. ^ "Photoblog: Say cheese". ESPN.com.
  13. ^ "Packers are set apart by small-town roots". The Hamilton Spectator. February 2, 2011.
  14. ^ "Wall St alpha metric picks Packers in Super Bowl". Reuters. February 4, 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Former Maverick happy to say cheese: Minnesota State standout joins Packers". Mankato Free Press. February 3, 2011.
  16. ^ Tom Silverman (August 30, 2011). "Packers release Battles, Asiodu". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  17. ^ "Adrian Battles". arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
2010 Green Bay Packers season

The 2010 Green Bay Packers season was the 92nd season overall and their 90th season in the National Football League. Although they finished with only a respectable 10–6 record, good for a second-place finish in the NFC North, the Packers never lost a game by more than four points, and never trailed by more than seven the entire season, becoming the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish this. All six of their regular season losses were by a combined 20 points. They entered the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21–16 in the Wild Card round, the Atlanta Falcons 48–21 in the Divisional round and long time rivals, Chicago Bears 21–14 in the NFC Championship, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV in which they faced the AFC's 2nd seed Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers defeated the Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship. The Packers became the second overall team after the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, and the first NFC team, to win the Super Bowl as a sixth seed, as well as becoming the second NFC team to win three straight road playoff games (the 2007 New York Giants won three straight road games as a five seed).

The Packers offense ranked ninth in yards per game, tenth in total points, & fifth in passing yards. The defense ranked fifth in yards allowed and finished second in fewest points allowed (240, second best in team history), sacks (47), and interceptions (24), while also limiting quarterbacks to a 67.2 passer rating, first in the league.

2011 Green Bay Packers season

The 2011 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 93rd season overall and their 91st in the National Football League, and the sixth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team not only improved on their 10–6 record from a season earlier, they became just the sixth team in NFL history to win 15 games during the regular season. As of 2017, the 15–1 record stands as the best in team history. The Packers won their first 13 games of the season to extend their winning streak from the previous season to 19, the second-longest in NFL history behind the 21-game winning streak of the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and also tied the record for the best start to a season in NFC history that the New Orleans Saints had set in 2009. The only loss for the Packers during the regular season was a Week 15 defeat in Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. They also became the first NFC North team to go undefeated in the division since the 1987 Chicago Bears.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculated that the Packers were, play for play, the best team in the NFL in 2011 (though they received the second-lowest rating for a number-1 team since the 1993 San Francisco 49ers). According to the site, the Packers' offense was historically prolific, ranking as the second-best pass offense and third-best total offense since they began calculating. Furthermore, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the fourth-most-prolific season, play by play, since calculations began and some have called it one of the most efficient seasons ever by a quarterback by setting the NFL record for highest passer rating in a season (122.5). The 2011 Packers are one of only five teams in NFL history to score 35 points or more nine times in a single season and one of only two teams to score 42 points or more in at least six games, the other being the 2013 Broncos. The Packers' 70 total touchdowns are tied with the 1984 Dolphins for the third-most touchdowns scored in a season, and their 51 total touchdown passes are tied with the 2004 Colts for second-most touchdown passes in a season. The defense was ranked last, 32nd, in the league in yards allowed and surrendered an NFL record 4,796 passing yards despite leading the league in interceptions, with 31.

With their record-setting offense, their 15–1 record, and their having home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the Packers were aiming to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. However, the Packers instead became the first team to finish with at least 15 victories and not win a playoff game, as they were beaten in a shocking upset by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants 37–20 at Lambeau Field. The Packers became just the sixth team to win 15 games in the regular season, joining the 1984 49ers, 1985 Bears, 1998 Vikings, 2004 Steelers and the 2007 Patriots, who finished the regular season undefeated at 16–0. The Packers became the fourth consecutive team with at least fifteen victories to fail to win the Super Bowl.

2014 Green Bay Blizzard season

The 2014 Green Bay Blizzard season was the team's twelfth season as a professional indoor football franchise and fifth in the Indoor Football League (IFL). One of nine teams competing in the IFL for the 2014 season, the Green Bay Blizzard were members of the United Conference. The team played their home games at the Resch Center in the Green Bay suburb of Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.The Blizzard began the 2014 season under head coach Chad Baldwin. After the team began the season 0–6, Baldwin was replaced by offensive coordinator Tommie Williams for the remainder of the season.

2015 Cleveland Gladiators season

The 2015 Cleveland Gladiators season was the 16th season for the franchise in the Arena Football League, and their sixth while in Cleveland. The team was coached by Steve Thonn and played their home games at Quicken Loans Arena. The Gladiators finished with an 8-10 record after going the previous year 17-1, but qualified for the playoffs again.

2016 Cleveland Gladiators season

The 2016 Cleveland Gladiators season was the 17th season for the franchise in the Arena Football League, and their seventh while in Cleveland. The team was coached by Steve Thonn and played their home games at Quicken Loans Arena.

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU or MNSU), also known as Minnesota State, is a public university in Mankato, Minnesota. Established as the Second State Normal School in 1858, it was designated in Mankato in 1866, and officially opened as Mankato Normal School in 1868. It is the second oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. It is also the second largest public university in the state, and has over 123,000 living alumni worldwide. It is the most comprehensive of the seven state universities and is referred to as the flagship of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. It is an important part of the economy of Southern Minnesota and the state as it adds more than $781 million to the economy of Minnesota annually.Minnesota State offers 130 undergraduate programs of study, 75 graduate programs and 4 doctoral programs. It hosts the only nationally, regionally, and state accredited aviation program in Minnesota. Students are served by 750 full-time faculty members creating a 21:1 student to faculty ratio. In addition to the main campus, it operates two satellite campuses: one in the Twin Cities suburb of Edina and the other in Owatonna. Through the College of Extended Learning it provides bachelor's degrees at the Normandale Partnership Center in Bloomington and programs online through an online campus.

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