Feb. 19, 2013
Tampa Bay Storm Press Release
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm are pleased to announce the acquisition of quarterback Adrian McPherson.
“Adrian brings a lot to the table,” said vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. “He is a guy that has played in the AFL before and the tools to lead. He is much more mature, as a person and a quarterback, than when he first played in the AFL in 2004.”
McPherson (6-3, 220, Florida State) enters his fourth season in the AFL and first with the Tampa Bay Storm. He began his professional career with the Indiana Firebirds in 2004 and earned AFL Rookie of the Year as he completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 3,297 yards, 61 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He added and additional 259 yards on the ground along with 19 rushing touchdowns.
In 2005, he became the first player in AFL history to begin his professional career in the AFL and then get drafted in the National Football League Entry Draft as the New Orleans Saints selected him in the fifth round (152nd overall). He spent one season with the Saints and then missed the 2006 season as he dealt with an injury prior to returning to the AFL in 2007 with the Austin Wranglers. McPherson spent the 2008 AFL season with the Grand Rapids Rampage and then joined the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He has spent the past five seasons (2008-2012) with the Alouettes and won two Grey Cup Championships (2009, 2010).
For his AFL career McPherson has appeared in 32 games and completed 529-of-888 passes for 6,863 yards with 119 touchdowns and 19 interceptions while adding 142 rushes for 707 yards and 34 touchdowns.
Meanwhile in the CFL he appeared in 77 regular season games and completed 145-of-243 passes for 1,505 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions and added an 1,035 yards on 218 rushing attempts with 20 rushing touchdowns.
The Bradenton, FL native prepped at Bradenton Southeast H.S. and was named Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball for the state of Florida his senior season, the only high school player to accomplish that feat.