Head coach Corey Roberson and the Green Bay Blizzard have announced the signing of talented defensive back Marquez Gollman, who last year earned an invite to the San Francisco 49ers minicamp after a decorated college career.
Gollman, a 5-11, 190-pounder, also has 13 games of professional indoor football experience, during which time he made 42.5 tackles and snared six interceptions. Roberson said Gollman is equally adept at playing corner and safety, and has the football savvy and intellect to be a “coach on the field.”
Since being appointed head coach and general manager of the Blizzard in late August, Roberson has signed seven players, including last year’s breakout rookie receiver Kezlow Smith, and now Gollman.
“Signing Gollman was big for our organization,” said Roberson, who played defensive back himself during nine seasons of indoor football. “This young man is arguably one of the top free agents at his position, and his talent is obvious when watching film. He is able to play multiple positions in our secondary, and we expect him to play at a very high level for us.”
Gollman, a native of Ypsilanti, Mich., played collegiately at Grand Valley State University. In 2015, he made one first-team All-American team and earned several honorable mention All-American honors after racking up 117 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, two sacks, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
Roberson said he will build a roster of up to 40 players prior to training camp in February. That number will be trimmed to 25 for the season opener.
“As I’ve said since becoming head coach, we are looking for team-oriented players who fit our core value system while also possessing great talent,” Roberson said. “Those two things are not mutually exclusive. Those players are out there. It’s my job to find them.”