Philadelphia Two-thousand three Penn graduate and Quakers football standout Rob Milanese, W’03 signed a free agent contract on Oct. 14 with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League (AFL). Milanese is currently in training camp with the Soul in San Jose, Calif. where the team is preparing to scrimmage the SaberCats.
Milanese left his mark on the Penn athletic community and football program as a wide receiver from 1999-2002. The Wyckoff, N.J. native is the all-time leader in receptions in a game (15), season (85; 2002) and career (259). He also leads the program in receiving yards in a season (1,112) and career (3,405). In fact, Milanese led his team in receiving yards every year during his collegiate career, compiling 702 on 41 receptions as a freshman, 996 yards on 76 catches during his sophomore campaign, 659 on 57 grabs as a junior and the record 1,112 yards on 85 receptions in his final season in the Red and Blue.
Signing with the Soul is not the first glimpse of professional football for Milanese. In 2003, the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) signed the former Quaker to a free agent contract, making him one of 14 former players under current Penn coach Al Bagnoli to either be drafted or signed as free agents. Milanese was also signed to a free agent contract by the New York Jets.
Milanese will use training camp to earn a spot on the Soul’s regular season roster for the 2005 season. The Philadelphia Soul is in the Eastern Division of the National Conference in the AFL. The Soul finished the 2004 season with a 5-11 record, 4-4 at home in the Wachovia Center, and open the 2005 season at the Austin Wranglers live on NBC at noon on Jan. 30. Information on the Soul and training camp can be found by clicking on the logo below.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications