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Out Riding Fences

October 3, 2006

Albany -- Former Westover standout Antwone Savage is quickly moving up the ranks of Arena Football.

After getting his feet wet for one year with the Wildcats, Savage went west and helped Spokane win the Arena Two championship.

Now he's moving on, and Tuesday signed a deal with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena One league.

Chicago, Orlando, Nashville, and Dallas were all looking to give Antwone Savage a chance to play in the AFL.

"It's been like college again," says Savage. "I've been traveling around and working out for teams."

Savage chose the Desperados for their affiliation with the NFL, as the team is owned by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Dallas moved up from a rookie deal to a three year deal when other teams started bidding for the wide receiver.

Savage says, "I actually didn't go with the highest. Chicago offered me more, but I went with Dallas because of the situation with the Cowboys."

Savage says it's the little things that make a big difference in the AFL.

"I'm in Division-I again," Savage said, with a smile. "It's traveling everywhere on planes, the affiliation with the Cowboys, not having to pack your own bags, things like that."

The AFL has changed its rules this year, meaning players no longer have to play offense and defense, making the wide receiver Savage very happy.

The Arena football season begins in January.

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