Former North Royalton Bears and Ashland University quarterback Travis Tarnowski has a chance to make his sports dream come true. That dream, is to be a starting quarterback for a professional football team.
The first step in the process came true last month (March 7 to be exact) when the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League announced that Travis had been assigned to the team. This is a new franchise in the Arena League. Columbus had a team named the Destroyers in the AFL between 2004 and 2008.
“It’s pretty awesome that I’ve been given this type of an opportunity” said Travis. When you consider how many college quarterbacks graduate every year and the fact that Travis hasn’t been on the field in two years, the football gods were smiling on the former Bears QB.
Travis and his agent were looking at teams in the Canadian Football League (Calgary and Winnipeg), but things didn’t work out. Then, Travis caught a break. His game film found its way from the Canadian League into the hands of a scout from Columbus. The rest you could say is history, or soon to be history.
The next step for Travis is Destroyers training camp which began on April 8. “I’m very excited about the start of training camp. My goal is simple. It’s to compete. I feel I am at my best when I’m competing against other players.” And Travis will have competition. Including Travis, there are three other quarterbacks on the Columbus roster.
Before training camp began, Travis spent a lot of his time going over the play book. “I’ve been watching a lot of film and going over a lot of notes.” Training camp ends April 22. The Arena League season for Columbus begins April 27 in Albany.
Arena Football is much different than playing football outdoors. The AFL’s field is 50 yards.