Head West Young Man

Philadelphia - Former Quaker and Philadelphia Soul star Rob Milanese agreed to a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) late last week. Milanese was placed on the Soul's exempt listand just put the finishing touches on his rookie season in the Arena Football League (AFL).

This past seasonwith the Soul, Milanese, a native of Wyckoff, N.J., hauled in 13 catches for 265 yards and five touchdowns, which ranked second among Philadelphia's first-year players. Milanese broke onto the AFL seen in the third week of the season, catching three passes for 75 yards and two scores against the Nashville Kats. As a member of the Soul's Other League Exempt List, the Philadelphia organization retains Milanese's rights.

The 2002 Wharton graduate begins his cross-country trek to the Chargers' preseason camp but it is not the first NFL team Milanese has been a member of during his career. In the spring of 2003, Milanese was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots. He later signed a free agent contract with the N.Y. Jets.

Milanese's name is synonymous with Penn football and the Red and Blue record books as he holds four all-time records. He is the program's leader in career receiving yards with 3,409. He also holds the mark for receiving yards in a season (1,112), receptions in a season (85) and receptions in a game (15). His 21 career receiving touchdowns ranks third on Penn's all-time list behind Miles Macik, C'96 (26) and Dan Castles, W'05 (27).

Penn is also preparing for the 2005 football campaign as the Quakers return 40 letterwinners and welcome 33 newcomers to the program. The Red and Blue opens the season on Sept. 17 against Duquesne at Franklin Field.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications