Feb. 2, 2017
The Cleveland Gladiators, presented by Unique Home Solutions, of the Arena Football League were assigned reigning AFL Playmaker of the Year and First-Team All-Arena WR Brandon Thompkins as well as veteran WR Larry Brackins on Wednesday, the team announced. Additionally, the Gladiators also announced that they have acquired DL Benjamin Perry
from the Baltimore Brigade for WR Paul Browning
“This is a big day for us to be able to add two receivers the caliber of Brandon Thompkins and Larry Brackins,” said Gladiators Head Coach Ron Selesky. “They are both very different in terms of size and skill sets, but both are very dynamic and have the ability to dominate games. Adding them to our roster today along with CT, as well as the receivers we already have in place, makes us a force to be reckoned with offensively this season.”
Thompkins, 29, enters his first season with the Gladiators after spending the last two years playing with the Orlando Predators.
Thompkins is coming off a huge campaign in 2016 in which he set new career-highs in receptions (134), receiving yards (1,630), and touchdowns (38) while also racking up 1,775 yards and six touchdowns in the return game last season.
The 5’10”, 185 lb. eight-year veteran comes to Cleveland and brings with him 491 career receptions, along with 6,116 receiving yards, and 127 touchdowns.
Thompkins played his college ball at Arkansas State University and is originally from West Palm Beach, FL.
Brackins, 34, also enters his first season in Cleveland after spending most of his last three seasons with Orlando. Last season, Brackins appeared in eight games for the Predators, catching 31 passes for 315 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Standing at 6’4”, 225 lbs. Brackins is an AFL veteran of nine seasons, spending five of those with the Philadelphia Soul, spanning from 2007-2014. For his career, Brackins has caught 466 passes for 5,572 yards and 170 touchdowns.
Brackins played collegiately at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi and is originally from Dothan, AL.
Perry, 25, joins the Gladiators from Baltimore and enters his second season in the AFL after spending the 2016 campaign with the Philadelphia Soul. Baltimore selected Perry in the expansion draft on Tuesday.
Perry is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is originally from Southlake, TX.