Former Wesley QB to play for indoor football title

By Sean Greene 11:06pm, July 8, 2014 - Updated 11:26pm, July 8, 2014
(Courtesy: Wesley College Athletics)
Shane McSweeney played in two Division III National Semifinals at Wesley, but could never make a Stagg Bowl.

Now the 2011 All-American QB with the Wolverines has a chance to head his professional team, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the Professional Indoor Football League, to a title this Saturday in Nashville.

McSweeney tossed four touchdowns and ran for another as Lehigh Valley upset Trenton on the road in the National Conference Title Game.

McSweeney, who works in home construction when he's not practicing with his team, saw limited action in Nashville's regular season win over the Steelhawks. Lehigh Valley is now 2-1 since Shane gained the starting role lost month.

He says Nashville is going to be tough.

"The have a really good defense, and their offense will score points. We have to play a flawless game and we can't turn the ball over. We have a pretty good defense, and they're going to give us some opportunities. We just have to take advantage of them."

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McSweeney says he hopes his success at the end of the season catches the eyes of scouts from other leagues, but that he's embracing every chance that comes his way.

"I'm just enjoying the ride today. Not a lot of people get the opportunity to play football after college, so I'm enjoying it. I still have my day job, so if it doesn't work out, it's not the end of the world for me."

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The eight team PIFL is in its third season, McSweeney hopes to bring Lehigh Valley its first championship.

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