WASHINGTON – The news that former Gallaudet University standout Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) had been waiting for finally became a reality on Sunday when he signed with the Florida Blacktips of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL). Talaat has been working hard to stay in excellent shape as he chased his dream to be apart of a professional football team.
Florida is one of four teams in the FXFL, which serves as a developmental platform for players, coaches and referees. There is a six-week regular season schedule that will be televised and played on weeknights to avoid any scheduling conflicts with the NFL and collegiate football.
Talaat joins the likes of former 2014 New York Jets sixth-round pick quarterback Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Tampa Bay Buccaneers former 2010 third-round pick Myron Lewis (Vanderbilt), former Louisiana State University quarterback Jordan Jefferson and numerous other top level Division I talent from around the country
Before joining the Blacktips, Talaat had tryouts with the reigning Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks and then with Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants last spring. Talaat is represented by DLE Agency.
Talaat was a four-year letterwinner at Gallaudet where became the most decorated football player in Bison history. In 2013, he helped to lead the Bison to a 9-2 record, the team's first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) championship and first appearance in the NCAA tournament. Talaat was named a finalist for the 2013 Gagliardi Trophy, given to the top Division III football player in the country, he was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, awarded to the top small college defensive player each year. Talaat was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America first team, the first Bison to receive the first team honor, he also became the first to earn Academic All-America recognition two years in a row. In addition, Talaat received All-ECFC defense first-team honors and was named to the D3football.com All-America team as a honorable mention and earned a spot on the All-East region second team defense.
Florida's next game is Friday, Oct. 24, in Boston as the Blacktips face the Boston Brawlers at Harvard Stadium.