MALDEN — Saturday was a perfect day for football.
The piercing wind whipped down Pearl Street and a thin coating of snow delicately blanketed the turf at Macdonald Stadium as more than 60 football hopefuls arrived with the same aspiration: to impress former New England Patriots running back Patrick Pass, a three-time Super Bowl champion, and his fellow coaches, also former NFL players, enough to earn a spot on the Boston Freedom Fighters roster.
The team is part of the newly formed, eight-team National Spring Football League, which is intended to help players reach the established professional leagues. The other teams are the Arizona Racers, the Georgia Blaze, the Los Angeles Knights, the Rhode Island Navigators, the San Antonio Defenders, the Texas Heat Seekers, and the Virginia Beach Sting Rays.
“It’s a developmental league for a lot of these kids, a second chance to show the NFL scouts, GMs, and owners that they have what it takes to play this game,” Pass said. “We’re trying to give these guys the best film possible to showcase their talents.”
Paul Shaughnessy, a 23-year-old Malden native and Northeast Metro Tech graduate, came out to earn a spot.
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