Daniels Named SIFL Defensive MVP

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Southern Indoor Football League handed out its yearly MVP awards on Friday and to no one's surprise, Columbus Lions defensive back and Shaw graduate Damian Daniels landed his third consecutive Defensive MVP trophy, fourth overall.

It was once again a stellar season for Daniels, grabbing a league-high 18 interceptions and registering a pick in all but two games.

Daniels has the distinction of winning three MVP trophies in three different leagues (WIFL-2007, AIFA-2009, and SIFL 2010-2011).  Prior to the 2011 season, Damian had signed with the AFL's Cleveland Gladiators but elected to stay in his hometown of Columbus so that he may finish up his teaching degree with the hopes of becoming a football coach of his own someday, He is currently an assistant coach at Brookstone School in Columbus.

Over the twelve week season, the Daniels-led Lions had the number one pass defense (180.5 yards/game) in the SIFL.  The highlight of the season came on June 4th when he grabbed four interceptions in a 58-39 victory over Albany to secure the 2011 Southern Division title.

"Damian has really made my coaching life a lot easier over the past five years," said Lions head coach Jason Gibson.  "When you're at this level, we constantly are rolling out new rookies each season. H helps make that transition easier for the rookies along with making things stress-free for me since it's like having another coach on the field."