Soul raise the 2016 Championship banner

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Saturday night, the Philadelphia Soul had their home opener. Not only did they dismantle the expansion team, the Baltimore Brigade, they also raised their ArenaBowl Championship banner.

The team had an event to present some players with their championship rings last week. However, there were several players, who were not able to attend – and they were honored prior to the game.

Soul Championship banner (Photo by Ron Jaworski)

Soul Championship banner (Photo by Ron Jaworski)

“It’s almost a surreal feeling,” Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh said. “That’s what you work hard for every day. That’s what you dream about winning a championship as a kid, whether it’s outside practicing baseball with the walk-off home run, or hitting the jump shot at the last second. Or you throw a touchdown to “Money” [Darius Reynolds] in the last second.

“That’s the kind of stuff you dream about. It’s a testament to all the hard work we do starting with our ownership, the front office, the coach and the players. It was a really great night. It would not have been as great if we would have done that than come out flat. We came out and answered the bell.”

The Soul defeated the Arizona Rattlers, 56-42, in ArenaBowl XXIX in Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona last August. Shaun Kauleinamoku was named the game’s MVP.

This is the second Soul championship in team history. They are going to be going after their third this season.

In July 2008, the Soul defeated the San Jose SaberCats, 59-56, to win their first championship in New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

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