Teams come and go, and that’s an unfortunate realty. That also highlights just how successful Polchin and the Phoenix Outlaws have been, though. Polchin started the organization 21-years ago and he’s already looking at long-term options for the Outlaws with his son, J.J. highly invested in the team. The younger Polchin has been involved with the Outlaws since he was six-years old, and he’s been a fullback on the team since 2010.
“At some point it would be nice to have my son take the team over,” Polchin recently told Developmental Football USA ahead of the 2019 season. “It is definitely a lofty endeavor, so who knows if him or another Outlaw will want to keep it going after I decide to hang it up for good.”
For now, though, Polchin is looking forward to the here and now. The Outlaws gearing up for a big run in the Arizona Cactus Football League under the tutelage of head coach Russell Whitman, who has been the teams defensive coordinator for the last 16 years.
As always, championships are the standard for the Outlaws.
“Our expectations are to improve each game and to be playing at our best when it counts at the end,” Polchin said. “If we do that, then playing in our sixth championship in the last eight years will be in reach.”
A big, veteran offensive line will be the focal point for the Outlaws on offense this season, but the play-makers around them are also expected to have big years. The Outlaws boast two proven quarterbacks in Lorenz Stefan and Derelle Owens. All-everything wideout C.J. Venezia will also be a player to watch.
While the offense should be explosive, the defense may end up being the strength of the Outlaws in 2019. Defensive ends Howard Paxton and Otis Fraziers will anchor the line, while Erik Sipes will lead the linebacker crew. Behind them, Phoenix boasts a tall and fast secondary unit.
“We expect great things from this group,” Polchin exclaimed.
To his point, the Outlaws didn’t let their opponent cross the 50-yard line in a preseason game a few weeks ago.
In general, football for the Outlaws comes down to doing the right, fundamental things and honoring the long-standing tradition of the organization.
“We have lasted so long due to having staff and players with high character,” Polchin told Developmental Football USA. “We also give back to the players as much as we can and the team networks to help each other out as much as we can. With over 450 people who have come through the program in the last 21 years, everyone knows something or someone for almost every occasion.”
“Respect is a two way street and we always try to maintain that on this squad,” he went on to say.
You can learn more about the Outlaws and their storied tradition at this level on their website: www.outlawsnews.com