Fever Bring Back A Familiar Player

Fever Bring Back A Familiar Player
When he was hired, new Tri-Cities Fever head coach Richard Davis said he wanted a good mix of young guys and veterans.

Last week, he signed his first new player...and on Wednesday, he signed his first veteran.

And you'll never believe who it is.

The first returning player from the 2008 team is wide receiver Phil Goodman.

Goodman played in 13 games for the Fever last year, catching 63 passes for 846 yards and 20 touchdowns.

But his season will best be remembered for his July arrest and subsequent extradition to California.

Goodman has cleaned up his act since then, and Coach Davis has kept his eyes on him since the day he came to the Tri-Cities.

On September 3rd, Coach Davis said, <"I brought him right off the campus of Temple University, his first experience in arena football was with me...I love that child...but that child's got problems right now, that young man has got some things that we need to work through on a personal end before we get involved with whether or not he's going to fit football-wise...assuming that all that happens...I'm in the young man business, I might give Phil a chance, I might give him 5 more chances, it just depends on whether he's trying to earn them."

I spoke to Fever General Manager Randy Schillinger on Wednesday.

He told me that they are bringing back Goodman because he thinks Phil has earned a 2nd chance.

And he also said Phil has agreed to be randomly drug tested throughout the season.