Raul Vijil, who has been with the Shock since the team’s inaugural season in 2006, has re-signed with Spokane.
The Spokane Shock announced today that WR Raul Vijil has been added to the 2010 roster. Vijil, 5-11 190, is the seventh member of the 2009 ArenaCup Champions to re-sign with the team.
Vijil holds several all-time franchise records including receiving yards (3,869), receptions (339), touchdown receptions (98) and all-purpose yards (6,846).
In each of the last three seasons, Vijil has been selected as a first team all-af2 receiver. In the Shock’s victory over the Wilkes-Berry Scranton Pioneers in the 2009 ArenaCup, Vijil recorded 11 receptions for 108 yards with three touchdowns.
“There is no doubt that Raul has had an unbelievable career in the af2,” Head Coach Rob Keefe said. “Now, as we move forward to a higher level of football, he will be challenged more than ever. With that being said, I feel confident that Raul is ready to step up his game to the next level.”
While Vijil is proud of his accomplishments in the af2, he is approaching the upcoming season as chance to start fresh.
“I’m coming in here with a new slate – forget about the things I’ve done in the past,” Vijil explained. “I have to earn my spot on the team, just like everyone else. It’s going to be tough – training camp is going to be very competitive. I’m excited more than anything. I’ve always wanted to compete at the highest level possible – and this league will be the best of the best in Arena Football. “