Indoor Football League

For Brigade star QB Randy Hippeard, a long, strange trip through football's farthest reaches

For Brigade star QB Randy Hippeard, a long, strange trip through football's farthest reaches

The line lodged itself in quarterback Randy Hippeard’s brain when he was at Virginia-Wise, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school with no NFL pipeline or even unpaved back road. Maybe he still remembers it because it sounded like something out of “Field of Dreams.” Or maybe because he needed to believe it was true:

“It doesn’t matter where you are. If you’re good enough, they’ll find you.”

It was enough to keep him going from Virginia-Wise to Switzerland, from one now-defunct indoor-football league to another now-defunct indoor-football league. Enough for him to land in the Arena Football League at age 27 and earn Most Valuable Player honors at 31. Enough...

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