CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Charlotte's newest football team is helping bring the Energy back to the Carolinas. The newly formed Carolina Energy of the American Arena League have started the season three to one.
The 30 man roster is made up of guys who aren't spending hours on the practice field for the money or the fame.
"The love of football is what really drives me to come out here and get better every day," said Energy quarterback and Cary, NC native David Washington.
Regardless of their background in football, the guys on the team share Washington's sentiment, which is why they jumped at the chance to try out for the Energy when they heard the team was being formed in Charlotte.
Arena football is a bit different from regular football. The field is only 50-yards, surrounded by padded walls, and each team has only eight players on the field at a time.
"Everything moves so much faster," said Washington. "There's only three lineman blocking for me so everything's so much different, but it's fun." said Washington.
It's especially fun with a coach and team owner as passionate as Ervin Bryson.
"It's exciting man, guys love the game, they want the opportunity to get to the next level," said Bryson.
Bryson comes to the Energy after winning a championship with Vermont in the Can-Am Indoor league in 2017. While he'd like to win another, most importantly, he wants his team and the fans to have fun.
The Energy's next home game is May 5 at the Bojangles' Coliseum.