Elmira football history has been made again by Mike Weaver.
After a storied career at Wake Forest, one that saw Weaver make All-ACC twice at kicker and as a member of the Lou Groza Watch List, Mike has signed to play professional football. On Monday, Weaver signed with the Arena Football League (AFL) to kick for the Baltimore Brigade making his dream come true. This major accomplishment marks the first professional football player from Elmira in 44 years to make a pro roster, dating back to when EFA grad, Dana Carpenter, played in the now defunct World Football League (WFL) in 1975.
The journey for Mike has certainly been one with the ability to endure and an opportunity to show his will. Last year, after being in contact with several NFL teams, Weaver wasn’t included on a final roster. Weaver then went on to try out for the short-lived Alliance of American Football League before playing in the upstart Your Call League-a league where fans can be a part of the interactive game.
Weaver continues to battle after he finished as Wake Forest’s all-time single-season points leader with 115 in 2017. Upon graduation, Mike was also listed as a top free agent by NFL.com and will keep working to live out his dream with the AFL. Weaver tells 18 Sports that the new contract is good for one-year (season) and he will have the opportunity to compete in the future.
Mike’s first game will be this Friday night at 7 pm versus the Columbus Destroyers in Baltimore. All games with be streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN APP. For fans in the Elmira region, you can see Weaver kick live on Saturday, June 8th, as Baltimore travels to Albany at 7:30 pm that night.
18 Sports congratulates Mike Weaver, the first professional football player from the Elmira region in nearly 50 years.