Pittsburgh RiverRats to Send 5 All-Stars


Praise must be given to the Pittsburgh RiverRats, the area’s expansion AIFA (American Indoor Football Association) team, who in their first full season, will send 5 players to the AIFA All-Star game.

Franchise Quarterback David Dinkins has been one of the most exciting players in the league. His official stats include 45 passing touchdowns, as well as 7 rusing and 3 receiving TDs. His passer rating stands at 94.26, and he has thrown for 1917 yards this season. Against his former team, the Erie Freeze, Dinkins led the RiverRats to scores on every possession, and set a league record with 86 points scored.

Wide Receivers Beau Gibbs and Marko Thomas also made the All-Star squad. Gibbs has 639 receiving yards and 15 scores, while Thomas has 541 yards and 13 TDs.

Joining these three will be Defensive Lineman Phil Tillman and Linebacker T.J. Carden. Tillman has 5 recorded sacks, and Carden is credited with 49 tackles in 11 games.

The RiverRats play their home games at Rostraver Ice Garden on Route 51 in the Belle Vernon/Rostraver area. I’ve ice skated there in my youth.

The RiverRats (7-7) will travel to Reading to take on the Express (13-2) in the first round of the playoffs on June 9th.

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