Last Year's Fever QB Hangs up the Cleats
KENNEWICK, Wash. - With their inaugural season in the highly-competitive af2 looming, the Fever is in the process of signing players. Don't expect last year's starting QB Joe Wiser to be among those suiting up. Wiser told KNDU that he has retired from football. "It's time to focus on my career," he said from his home in Portland. Wiser works in the insurance industry and doesn't plan on playing unless a great situation comes along. "Michael Jordan has un-retired," he points out.
He knows his teammates from last year's club have to prove themselves all over again if they want to make the team. The af2 is much tougher than the National Indoor Football League. "Coming in the new league, everyone will have to prove themselves. I wasn't planning on coming back, but every player has to wait and see if they're gonna get picked up. Nothing is guaranteed in this league or in football. Hopefully this motivates everyone to get back in shape get their game going and have a chance to make the team."
Even though he's not on the team, Wiser is very excited for the Fever to be rid of the National Indoor Football League and all its problems, namely having no other teams in the Northwest.
"Sometimes in those long 24 hour bus rides, we're thinking 'What are we doing here?' I know the AF2, with the way the franchises are run, they take a lot better care of their players. "
The Fever are also searching for a new coach. Before Randy Schillinger sold the team and switched leagues, he had hired Doug Coleman to coach his team. However Schillinger told KNDU that Coleman is no longer guaranteed that title, and he's not sure what will happen. Schillinger may stay on as a general manager for the new ownership group, led by investor Robert Moyer. Those details aer yet to be worked out."