The Palm Beach Crush of the Professional Developmental Football League kick off their season in May
5:01 PM, Jan 29, 2013
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Royal Palm Beach, Fla. -- Professional football will once again call the Palm Beaches its home this spring.
And while It's not the NFL, helping players get there is what the Palm Beach Crush have set out to do.
"I instill that in every one of these gentlemen out here - that you never know," said head coach Darnell Williams.
Palm Beach is the newest member of the
Professional Developmental Football League. It aims to help players advance to the next level - whether it's the Arena Football League, the Canadian Football League or the NFL.
"For me, if I can just send one to that next level then I've done my job," Williams added.
"We are a developmental league, just like minor league baseball or like D-League basketball," said Christian Alba, the 21-year-old owner of the Crush.
Alba's a graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School where the Crush will play their home games this season.
"A lot of people start young with a lot of ideas and I guess I'm one of them right now," said Alba, who also owns the PDFL team in Miami, the Xtreme.
Now in its 5th year of operation - the PDFL started on the west coast and is based in Tacoma, Washington. The league eventually made its way east, where it established five teams between the Carolinas down to Miami.
"I'm trying to make it to the league and I think this team right here, this pro developmental league, is going to offer me a good opportunity to get there," said Crush linebacker, Joshua Newkirk.
"If you can sit down at the end of the day and say I gave it my all - then that's a reward in itself," coach Williams added.
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