August 10, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Arizona Rattlers wide receiver Maurice Purify (2) celebrates following a touchdown catch during the first quarter of the ArenaBowl XXV against the Philadelphia Soul at the New Orleans Arena Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Former wide receivers that played for the Cincinnati Bengals have showed up on these pages, either for negative things or negative reminders of what they represented (though Terrell Owens' career in Cincinnati wasn't actually bad). One even showed up unexpectly Saturday night.
Here's another. And this is a good one.
Maurice Purify was a undrafted free agent that the Cincinnati Bengals signed following the 2008 NFL draft. He spent time on the practice squad during his two seasons with the Bengals, with a stint on the 53-man roster primarily playing special teams. After putting his NFL career on hold (not by his choice really), Purify spent a season with the Georgia Force, earning Rookie of the Year and Breakout Player of the Year honors with 129 receptions for 1,650 yards receiving and 46 touchdowns.
A year on the Injured Reserve with the UFL's Ohama Nighthawks later, Purify returned to the AFL with the Arizona Rattlers, leading his team an Arena Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Soul Friday night. Purify averaged a league-high 128.8 yards receiving in 2012. Against the Soul he posted nine receptions for 143 yards receiving and five touchdown receptions.
''It's not about the record, not about the touchdowns,'' said Purify, who played college ball at Nebraska and was the 2011 Arena Football rookie of the year with Georgia. ''Records can be broken, but no one that can take away that ring.''