Weatherington named 2006 Lineman of the Year Courtesy: Arena Football League
Release: 05/23/2006

Courtesy: J. Cribb/AFL/
Desperados Lineman Earns Second Year-End Recognition of 2006

NEW YORK – Dallas Desperados OL/DL COLSTON WEATHERINGTON (6-5, 275, Central Missouri State) was selected as the 2006 Lineman of the Year as voted by the AFL head coaches, fans, players and the Arena Football League Writers Association (AFLWA). The announcement was made live on ESPNews this afternoon.

The third-year veteran, who earned All-Arena First-Team honors last week and was an All-Rookie Team member in 2004, started all 16 games this season and posted 13.5 total tackles. He was third in the AFL with 7.5 sacks and 9.0 total tackles-for-loss in the regular season and added three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one safety and one blocked field goal in helping Dallas become just the second team in League history to record 13 regular-season wins.

Other candidates included: Chicago’s KHREEM SMITH, Colorado’s HUGH HUNTER, Georgia’s JERMAINE SMITH and Orlando’s HENRY TAYLOR.

Following is a list of the all-time AFL Lineman of the Year honorees:

SEASON PLAYER, TEAM 2006 COLSTON WEATHERINGTON, DALLAS DESPERADOS 2005 Silas Demary, Los Angeles Avengers 2004 John Moyer, Chicago Rush 2003 Tom Briggs, Dallas Desperados 2002 R-Kal Truluck, Detroit Fury 2001 James Baron, Nashville Kats 2000 Sam Hernandez, San Jose SaberCats 1999 Robert Stewart, New Jersey Red Dogs 1998 James Baron, Nashville Kats 1997 Carlos Fowler, Houston ThunderBears 1996 Kent Wells, Tampa Bay Storm 1991 John Corker, Detroit Drive No award issued from 1992-95.