Lineman Phil Bogle signs with Buccaneers

Bogle is second Soul player to be signed by an NFL team this week
August 21, 2008 1:12:38 PM PDT
All-AFL First Team offensive lineman Phil Bogle has been placed on the other league exempt list as he has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bogle is the second 2008 Soul player to be signed by an NFL team; WR Larry Brackins was signed by the New York Jets earlier in the week.

Bogle is a two-time, First-Team All-Arena performer on the offensive line and was a finalist for the 2008 Lineman of the Year. He played in all 16 regular-season games and all three postseason contests for the Soul, starting each game at right tackle. As an eligible-receiver lineman, he helped the Soul offense during the regular season with seven catches for 60 yards and six touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound University of New Haven product also had two catches with one touchdown in three playoff games. He was an AFL All-Rookie selection in 2007.

The Soul celebrated their fifth anniversary this season with a 59-56 win over the San Jose SaberCats in Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII. The Soul drew a total of 131,817 fans this season, their largest number since their inaugural season of 2004. The Soul sold out four games in the 2008 season and averaged 16,477 fans per game. Season tickets for the 2009 campaign are currently on sale starting at just $59. Call 888-PHIL-AFL to order your tickets and get more information on the defending ArenaBowl Champion Philadelphia Soul.

Since their inception, the Soul have drawn a total of 646,043 fans, the most in the AFL over that time frame. Following the 2007 season, the Soul were recognized with the Commissioner's Award as the Organization of the Year and were an honorable mention for the PRISM Award in the category of fan appreciation.


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