The Greater Boston Stallions have arrived in Revere.
The East Coast Football League’s newest semi-professional team has begun practices at Harry Della Russo Stadium and will play its first of five home games on June 26 at noon.
If you’re a sports fan, for the price of a $10 ticket (kids free) on a summer day, you’ll be able to enjoy a high level of football performed by former college players and professional prospects, some of whom still hold the dream of playing on Sundays.
For example, the Stallions’ starting quarterback will be Arron “Skooby” Cobbs, who was a highly recruited prospect while leading his high school team to two Ohio state titles. Among the many Division 1 schools recruiting Cobbs was The Ohio State University Buckeyes’ football program.
“I love playing football,” said Cobbs, who is 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds. “I was very happy when the team owner (Collins) and general manager (Yancey) asked me to come over and play for the Stallions. They’re building something new here and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Cobbs, who should be a crowd favorite with his dynamic passing skills, said the Stallions have assembled a very talented roster.
“It looks very promising,” said Cobbs. “We have a lot of new guys mixed in with some veteran guys, a great coaching staff and I think we’re going to do really well this year.”
Cobbs came away from very impressed by the facilities at Della Russo Stadium.
“This is my first time being here and the stadium is gorgeous,” said Cobbs after the opening night of practice last Wednesday. “I can’t wait to fill the stands and get the community out behind us. It’s going to be really nice.”
Meet the Stallions Team Owner
Anthony Collins is the owner of the Greater Boston Stallions. Collins played football at Hyde Park High School and later played and coached at the semi-professional football level. This is his first year of team ownership.
Collins said that General Manager Brad Yancey suggested Revere as a potential home field for the Stallions.
“We were going to stay in Boston, but we decided to branch out and bring semi-professional football to Revere,” said Collins.
The Stallions will wear very stylish uniforms that are already the talk of the league. One of their choices is the alternate uniform of the Boise State University Broncos.
“We’re excited and ready to go,” said Collins, adding that the team will have a concession stand (if COVID-19 protocols allow) and a merchandise stand at home games.
Meet the Stallions Head Coach
Danny Cooksey, 36, who grew up in Chelsea before his family moved to Lynn, is the head coach of the Stallions. He graduated in 2003 from Lynn English where he played four years of football as a running back and linebacker. He played semi-professional football for the North Shore Generals (Lynn) from 2007 to 2014 and later served as linebacker coach and defensive coordinator the Generals.
“I’m excited to be the first head coach of this organization,” said Cooksey. “It’s a new journey for everyone. We’ll have about 60 players on our team.”
Cooksey said he has players on the roster representing several area communities. He couldn’t be happier with the team’s decision to locate its operations in the city of Revere.
“When the option to get this stadium jumped up, I was all over it – I wanted to be in Revere,” said Cooksey. “I just hope everyone in Revere comes out to our games and enjoys the experience. It’s going to be fun and a great family environment.”