The Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League have signed former NFL defensive end, Greg Hardy.
Hardy played college football at the University of Mississippi. In his time there, he had compiled 39.5 career tackles for loss and 26.5 sacks. He received All-American distinction in 2007 and 2008, and earned All-Freshman honors in 2006. In 2007, he had an SEC best for sacks, with 10.
He entered the 2010 draft, where he was selected in the sixth round by the Carolina Panthers. He played with the Panthers from 2010 to 2014, compiling 34 sacks and 206 tackles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014, along with having second team All Pro honors by the associated press. He was ranked 53rd in the NFL Top 100 for his 2013 break out performance. In 2015, he played for the Dallas Cowboys. Do to legal troubles and acts deemed inappropriate by the team, as well as dropped performance, he wasn't resigned after the season. With the Cowboys, he recorded one interception, one pass deflection, one forced fumble, six sacks, and 35 tackles. He participated in the Spring League in 2017.
In October of 2016, Hardy announced he was going to start an MMA career. He trained and had no background experience in mixed martial arts. He made his debut on November 4, 2017, where he won. His MMA record became 2-0 on December 1, 2017, with a TKO against Kenneth Woods. Hardy will continue his MMA career while playing arena football for the Roughriders.
How big is this for the Roughriders. It's very arguable and reasonable that they now have the best defensive line in the league, and possibly the best defense. Once again, the Roughriders have shown us that they aren't riding rough. It's time to party Hardy in Richmond, Virginia.