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Asif Ali (American football)

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Asif Ali
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Ali in promotional photo for the Falcons
No. 81
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:April 2, 1990
Fremont, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High school:Foothill High School
College:West Valley Vikings, California State University, East Bay
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As executive:
Roster status:Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
  • AIFA Stockton Wolves Special Teams Player of the Week (2011)
  • AIFA All-AIF Special Teams First-Team selection (2012)
  • RIFL All-Star selection (2018)
Career Arena statistics
Receiving Yards:128[2]

Asif Zulfiqar Ali (born April 2, 1990)[4] is a former American football wide receiver and general manager. Ali most recently was a member of the professional minor league franchise, the Chicago Falcons. He has also played for the San Jose Sabercats, Stockton Wolves, and California Eagles of the AFL, af2, and American Indoor Football leagues. Ali is the first Arena football player and executive of Pakistani descent, as well as the first person to serve simultaneously as player and general manager in the professional Arena football and minor leagues.[5]

Career[edit | edit source]

College career[edit | edit source]

Ali attended Foothill High School and graduated in 2008, but did not participate in football as a result of athletic ineligibility.[6][7] Ali then spent his freshman season at San Jose City College, then enrolled at West Valley College in Saratoga, California during the 2009–10 season, playing slotback and special teams for the football team, replicating the same career trajectory as current NCAA coach Jason Tarver.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

During the 2010 offseason, Ali trained with Adam Tafralis and Rufus Skillern at Paye's Place in San Carlos, California.

San Jose SaberCats[edit | edit source]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Ali played professionally during the 2010 season with the San Jose Sabercats while they were undergoing an organizational re-alignment to rejoin the AFL. Ali remained on the roster and was released during final cuts prior to the start of the 2011 season.[8]

Stockton Wolves[edit | edit source]

Ali then joined the Stockton Wolves in the 2011 season, and put up 11 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown, and was also named Special Teams Player of the Week. Ali was a member of the Wolves until the team's re-branding as the California Eagles in 2012.[9]

California Eagles[edit | edit source]

Ali was on the Eagles' practice squad and was activated to the active roster during the inaugural 2012 season where they advanced to the AIFA Championship game and lost to the Cape Fear Heroes. Ali was named All-AIF Special Teams First-Team selection at the conclusion of the season.[10]

Chicago Falcons[edit | edit source]

After the Eagles folded in 2013, Ali remained an unsigned free agent for five seasons thereafter until signing with the independent professional minor league team Chicago Falcons for the 2018 season. At the conclusion of the season, Ali finished with 2 receptions for 30 yards, and was named to the 2018 RIFL All-Star Game for his contributions on special-teams. [11]

Ali, (right) with fan after Falcons' preseason game
Ali, (second from left) during a preseason game with the Chicago Falcons at Columbus Park

Illinois Carnage[edit | edit source]

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Ali was released from the Falcons and signed with the Illinois Carnage of the Unified Football League for the 2019 UFL season.

Retirement[edit | edit source]

After not appearing in a single preseason game with the Carnage, Ali announced his retirement from playing football in an Instagram post on March 16, 2019 after 12 seasons.[1]

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

During his time in free agency, Ali served as Wide Receivers and Special Teams coach at his alma mater West Valley during the 2013 season, until the school decided to cut its football program in 2014.[12]

Executive career[edit | edit source]

Ali was named Head of Football Operations and general manager of the Falcons on May 22, 2018, making him the first active player / GM in minor league football and franchise history.[13]

On August 27th, 2018, Ali announced his resignation from the Falcons to pursue other business interests. [14].

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Ali is the third of four siblings and is a Muslim. During his time in free agency from 2013–17, Ali transferred from West Valley and completed both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Healthcare Administration from California State University, East Bay in 2014 and 2017. Ali was previously employed for UnitedHealth Group and Tata Consultancy Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas, GlobalLogic and now works as a Product Owner for Humac, in Phoenix, Arizona, addition to acting as Founder and CEO for his own consulting firm, ATC Consulting, LLC.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Asif Ali - Player Profile". www.chicagofalconfootball.com.
  2. "Asif Ali - Player Profile". www.chicagofalconfootball.com.
  3. "Asif Ali - Player Profile". www.chicagofalconfootball.com.
  4. "Asif Zulfiqar Ali, Born 04/02/1990 in California - CaliforniaBirthIndex.org". www.californiabirthindex.org.
  5. "Asif Ali - Director of Operations / General Manager". www.hometeamsonline.com.
  6. "TT Dec 06-Jan 07" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  7. "Presenting the class of 2008 - June 6, 2008 - Pleasanton Weekly - PleasantonWeekly.com -". www.pleasantonweekly.com.
  8. "Team History »". thesanjosesabercats.com.
  9. "Asif Ali - Player Profile". www.chicagofalconfootball.com.
  10. "Asif Ali - Player Profile". www.chicagofalconfootball.com.
  11. "Chicago Falcons Spring 2018 Roster". www.hometeamsonline.com.
  12. "Football on the cut list at West Valley College". 4 November 2013.
  13. "Asif "LA" Ali named Falcons Head of Operations". www.hometeamsonline.com.
  14. "Ali resigns from Falcons". www.chicagofalconfootball.com.

External links[edit | edit source]

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