The Helsinki Roosters have signed DB Emory Polley to their secondary. The 5’9″, 185-pound Polley was a three-year starter at Brown University. Polley led the nation with six interceptions in 2013 and finished his college career at Brown University with 11 interceptions, sixth best all-time at Brown. A two time All-Ivy selection, Polley earned First Team All-Ivy and All-New England honors in 2013.
After college Polley did spent three season in Japan´s X-league playing with the Panasonic Impulse, helping them to win Rice Bowl in 2015. Polley was also All-X league selection in 2016 & 2017 seasons. After his successful stint in the X-league Polley has played for the Cologne Crocodiles in 2019 & 2021 seasons at GFL.
Helsinki Roosters Head coach Juha Hakala is very pleased to get work with Polley. ”Emory is player that can do it all, he has really good cover skills and speed. He could line-up also as safety, nickel in defense or even as receiver in offense. He is also great returner that give also a extra boost to our special teams. His also very experienced player, so expect him to be a great leader for our whole team in 2022 season.”
We had a quick interview with Emory Polley:
– Who is Emory Polley and where do you come from?
I am from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m the same little bright, ambitious boy I was when my mother had me in 1992, albeit just a little bit older, wiser and more athletic .
– What is your favorite things to do outside of Football?
Some of my favorite things outside of football include learning about interesting things or topics (i.e. how things work, history, economics, practical/logical applications) or other sports, fashion and driving.
– What is your best memory from Football so far?
Wow, I have a lot but I’d like to focus on 2 key ones for this interview. First, was back in my senior year of high school, my team (the Cleveland Heights Tigers) went across town to battle a rival (the Maple Heights Mustangs) and in a back and forth game where I played quarterback and cornerback, we edged out a win at our rival’s home field 35-34. The 2nd one is when I was playing in Japan for the Panasonic Impulse, we edged out a 24-21 decision against the Fujitsu Frontiers in the league championship where I had about a 30 yard pick-six to give my team the spark that we needed in the 2nd quarter.
– What made you choose Helsinki Roosters as your new team for 2022 season?
I chose the Roosters because I was very intrigued at a new opportunity to compete at a high level for a storied franchise in a different country. I had some very positive discussions with Coach Hakala about the upcoming season and he also coached one of my former college teammates and former Rooster (Stephen Peyton) which made me feel even more comfortable in moving forward with the team.
– What would you like to accomplish in 2022 with Helsinki Roosters?
Simply put, my main goal is to win a championship.
I won one in 2015 and I am eager and anxious to win another one.
– What would you like to tell to Roosters fans about the upcoming season?
To all the Roosters fans, I would like to say that it is a great honor and opportunity to represent you all in the field of play this year. I will work hard day in and day out to provide a product that you all can be proud and appreciative of. I’m looking forward to the season and I have high goals and expectations for us all.
– Tell us something about yourself that people usually dont know about you?
One thing I’d say that people don’t know or understand about me at first is that I’m a very diverse individual. For example, I listen to a wide variety of music genres. My music selection is dominated a lot by rap/hip-hop, pop, edm/house or 90s music, but if you turn on my iphone, you might be surprised by what you hear, from Hall and Oates, to Anita Baker, to Avenged Sevenfold, you get the idea.
Watch Emory Polley´s X-league highlights from here:
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