The Massachusetts Pirates have signed defensive back Tevin Homer. Last season Homer played in the Arena Football League for the Albany Empire where he earned a championship ring. In Arena Bowl XXXII, Homer was the game’s leading tackler as he recorded 11 stops, assisted on another and defended one pass in Albany’s 45-27 victory over the Philadelphia Soul. Homer enjoyed a fine season with 80 tackles 14 assists, six passes defended, one forced fumble, and one interception.
Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim liked what he saw from Homer last season.
"Tevin is a long, rangy defensive back who was productive in his first season of arena football last year in Albany. He's coming from an organization that had just won a championship, while also being named all-arena in the AFL. From the conversations we've had he seems like a great kid who puts the game first, that's a trait that we are certainly focusing on more this season. Last year we came in real young at that position and this year it's more of a veteran oriented group. It's going to be one of our more competitive position groups in camp and I’m looking forward to seeing these guys come in and work hard. We expect to the secondary to hit the ground running this season. We’re glad have Tevin aboard," Yatim said.
What made Homer’s 2019 campaign so impressive was his lack of experience leading up to last season. Homer, who checks in at 6’2” 190 lbs., played defensive back at Park Vista Community High School in Florida. A native of Boynton Beach, Homer enrolled and played at Arkansas Baptist College. Then in 2015 as a junior he transferred to Florida Atlantic University. He appeared in one game that season and then just two more the following year. He finished his career with two tackles and one assist. Homer was not disheartened by his lack of playing time.
"I don't make the decisions for the coaches. It’s the coaches’ decision on who they want to play. So they played who they wanted to play and I ended up going to a small FCS All-Star game and played pretty well and then was invited to the Tropical Bowl (an FBS All-Star game) and did really well in that one too. I kept getting invites to regional combines and receiving accolades like best on field drills,” he said.
Homer entered the NFL Draft and performed well in subsequent workouts. Ultimately he was signed by the Washington Redskins after going undrafted in 2017.
"I always knew I could do it. I was putting the work in so I wasn't surprised by it. It was just like; I was finally here. It was a great experience for sure." As for the NFL mindset Homer says "you have to come to work every single day and do it over again. You did nothing the day before. Just keep going."
In February of 2018 he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Homer had interest from other CFL teams but decided to try his hand at arena football.
“I was looking for a place to play. I had CFL teams hitting me up, but I did not want to go that route again. I was talking with Les Moss (assistant coach of the Albany Empire) and I guess he came out to one of the Redskins practices when I was there. He remembered me and he told me of a workout down in Orlando. I went there and he called me the next day and said we're going to sign you.”
He joined the Albany Empire last season and helped his team to a title. Now he'll bring that championship mentality to the Pirates.
“Me and the other guys out there, we all bring that same mentality and will try to step it up a notch; everybody across the board,” he added.
His game is physical and instinctive. "I can read an offense and make adjustments during the game quickly and make a play. Obviously I want to get back to the bigger leagues, but right now I'm here and my goal is to win games here. That's the first goal, but the end game is to get back to the NFL,” he added.
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