Back Between the Lines: A Yakima Warriors StoryPosted: Updated:
The Yakima Valley Warriors have their first ever home opener this Saturday. Game time begins at 7:15. For many of their players, it's the beginning of their professional football career. So we took a closer look at a two roommates who traded the sales office for some pads.
When the final whistle blew on Dale Bratz and Don Chapman's college football careers, life between the lines seemingly ended instantaneously. Then life in the business world began.
Warriors Offensive Lineman Bratz said, "I was working in sales before I came out here. But it was in exercise sales, so I was constantly around the top equipment. Which I basically had the leisure of using whenever I wanted."
Running Back Chapman said, "I graduated in 2009. Got my degree. And you know I was working in corporate America. Just had my corporate job."
Chapman never envisioned hanging up the cleats so soon.
The Tennessee-Martin grad rushed for 5,021 career yards at his alma mater. "To do all that... and work hard... and give everything I can to get to that next level. Didn't get a call. Didn't get a letter. Nothing from a single scout, CFL, NFL, or anything."
He finally did get a call from a pro football team. So did Bratz his new roommate. Each contacted from the Warriors to come play football again.
Bratz said, "What drew me back is the competitive nature. I missed being apart of a team. I missed being apart of a good franchise."
Chapman added, "And not only that, but be apart of a new community. And you know be able to bring something to a community and build."
Being apart of a new team is one thing. So is sharing a small space in a motel with a teammate.
Chapman: "Ah man. Ah that's some bull man."
Bratz: "How was that one? Oh you got me."
I guess all that's left for these two roomies is to see who is the better video game player.