Piranha Football - A Winning Tradition: Press Box: Super Signing; Piranha Linebacker Goes Pro

Wednesday, February 9
Super Signing; Piranha Linebacker Goes Pro

You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that can claim they signed a pro football contract while the biggest game of the NFL season was in process. For Melik Brown, it was truly a Super Sunday.

During Super Bowl XLV, Piranha linebacker Melik Brown signed a contract to play professional football for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League (AFL).

“I am very excited about making it to the next level of football and playing for the Soul in 2011. My positions will be fullback and linebacker, but Head Coach Mike Hohensee wants me to focus primarily on playing fullback,” states the jubilant Brown.

Hohensee is the only person in league history that has been involved with the AFL (either as a player or a coach) during its 24 years of operations.

Piranha fans are used to seeing Melik gobble up ball carriers and chase down quarterbacks. However, Brown has been hiding his offensive skills. “In high school, I played tight end, fullback, and defensive end. To this day, my high school coach always tells me that if I stayed at the tight end position in high school and throughout college, I would be playing in the league (NFL) today.”

Those are strong words, but based on Melik’s athleticism, it’s certainly not a stretch. The former Piranha is still young (age 26), and if he performs well in Philly, anything is possible.

His offensive debut will take place in Pittsburgh on Friday March 11. “I’m ready to show the world my offensive skills.”

Brown’s signature moment as a member of the Piranha was his record-setting interception return for a touchdown that covered 100 yards. It took place on Saturday August 23, 2008, at the “Fish Tank” on Harrisburg City Island, against the now-defunct York Razorbacks. It is still the longest scoring play in Piranha history.

Melik Brown is very thankful for all of the support from the Ron Kerr Family and the Central Penn Piranha organization. “The Piranha Football Family have done so much for me during the past 3 years. I am very thankful for everything.”

According to Brown, the Philadelphia Soul are scheduled for five nationally televised games, which will air on the NFL Network on Friday nights.

Melik played collegiately at the University of North Carolina. He also played professionally (indoor) in 2009 (Harrisburg Stampede) and 2010 (Baltimore Mariners).

Career Piranha Stats
Games - 28
Tackles - 75
Sacks – 8
Fumble Recoveries – 5
Blocked PAT - 1