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Derek Cassidy
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Cassidy in 2013
No. 13     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-02) December 2, 1986 (age 33)
Career information
College: Rhode Island
Undrafted in 2008
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New Orleans VooDoo (2011)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Comp. / Att.     85 / 162
Passing yards     1,052
TDINT     20–13
QB rating     70.29
Rushing TDs     3
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Derek Winfield Cassidy (born December 2, 1986) is a former American football quarterback who played three seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL) for the New Orleans VooDoo and Pittsburgh Power. He played college football at the University of Rhode Island. He was also a member of the Columbus Lions of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL).

Early yearsEdit

Cassidy earned four varsity letters in both football and basketball at Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, Florida. He was a three-year captain of the football team and two-year captain of the basketball squad. He was a three-time team MVP in football and team MVP in basketball as a senior. Cassidy also won the Slam Dunk Championship in the Florida Polk County All-Star Game. He helped the football team earn its first-ever appearance in the state playoffs as a sophomore in 2003 and the basketball team advance to the state semifinals his junior and senior years.[1]

College careerEdit

Cassidy played for the Rhode Island Rams from 2005 to 2008. He ranks third all-time in Rhode Island history with 5,005 career passing yards and 31 passing touchdowns. He completed 261 of 440 passes for 2,759 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior year.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Cassidy was assigned to the New Orleans VooDoo of the AFL on February 16, 2011.[2] He completed 12 of 24 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions as a rookie.[3] He was reassigned by the VooDoo on April 18, 2011.[4]

Cassidy appeared in two games for the Columbus Lions of the PIFL in 2012, throwing one interception on two incomplete passes.[5]

Cassidy was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power of the AFL on April 4, 2012.[6] On April 14, 2012, the Power overcame a 48–17 deficit to defeat the Orlando Predators by a score of 57–54 in overtime, setting a new record for largest comeback in AFL history. Cassidy, who entered the game in the second quarter after an injury to Andrico Hines, completed the game-winning touchdown pass to Christian Wise.[7][8] He completed 48 of 79 passes for 566 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions in 2012. He played in six games for the Power in 2013, recording seven touchdowns and four interceptions.[3]

AFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2011 New Orleans 12 24 50.0 150 1 3 40.62 0 0 0
2012 Pittsburgh 48 79 60.8 566 12 6 88.90 13 27 2
2013 Pittsburgh 25 59 42.4 336 7 4 62.54 4 30 1
Career 85 162 52.5 1,052 20 13 70.29 17 57 3

Stats from ArenaFan:[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "10 - Derek Cassidy". gorhody.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141222203906/http://www.gorhody.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/cassidy_derek00.html. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Former Rhody Quarterback Derek Cassidy Joins AFL's VooDoo". gorhody.com. February 21, 2011. http://www.gorhody.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/022111aab.html. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Derek Cassidy". arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141222205221/http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/aflpwr/mtt/derek_cassidy_845627.html. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  4. "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=transactions&type=old&team=66. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  5. Markowitz, Adam (April 19, 2012). "IFL Signing Looks Bad For Struggling AFL". arenafan.com. Archived from the original on May 31, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150531152516/http://www.arenafan.com/news/?page=origcol&article=3249. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  6. "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=transactions&type=old&team=214. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  7. Weiss, Zachary. "Pittsburgh Power: Power complete largest comeback in Arena Football history; Derek Cassidy, defense team up to get second win". cityofchampionssports.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141222210236/http://cityofchampionssports.com/2012/04/16/pittsburgh-power-power-complete-largest-comeback-in-arena-football-history-derek-cassidy-defense-team-up-to-get-second-win/. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  8. "Power Makes History in OT Win". pittsburghpowerfootball.com. April 14, 2012. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141222211053/http://pittsburghpowerfootball.com/2012/04/15/power-makes-history-in-ot-win. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  9. "Derek Cassidy". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/11824/. Retrieved July 8, 2017.

External linksEdit

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