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Minor League, Major Press


Sure this may be a publicity stunt, but if it puts people in the seats, the Broomfield Dawgs, a minor league football team, will make no apologies. The team recently signed punter Rafael Mendoza, solidifying the position for the Colorado Football Conference team with a potential NFL prospect. But his talent is not what’ll draw TV crews. Mendoza is the former University of Northern Colorado punter who was stabbed by his backup in a jealous rage. Mendoza is the league’s second kicker with a bizarre past to sign recently. In March, an Aurora-based team inked Katie Hnida, the former CU kicker who was a central figure in the university’s 2004 sex scandal.

What’s Next: The Dawgs scrimmage the Colorado Cobras on May 24—a preseason matchup featuring both Hnida and Mendoza. It’ll be a media circus.

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