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Lions Return NFL Vet and SEC Alum to Strengthen 2019 Championship Run

10/12/2018 6:45 AM

 The Columbus Lions organization is pleased to announce that Offensive Lineman Nate Isles (6'7, 330 - North Carolina A&T) and Defensive Back Shattle Fenteng (6'2, 195 - Georgia) have agreed to terms with the organization to return to Columbus for the 2019 National Arena League season.

Nate Isles, a 2014 graduate of North Carolina A&T, made a tremendous splash in his first year of arena football. Isles unique blend of size, strength, and speed helped paved the way for the Lions offense to rack up 7 All-NAL selections, the NAL Rookie of the Year (Quayvon Hicks), and the NAL Offensive Player of the Year (Mason Espinosa). Isles started 14 games for the Lions and quickly asserted himself as the best Left Tackle in the league, helping carry the Lions all the way to their second straight NAL championship appearance and earning himself a selection as a 1st team All-NAL performer. Isles is no stranger to elite competition after spending two years in the NFL as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, including being a member of their run to Super Bowl XLIX. After leaving Seattle, Isles spent a short time in the CFL before finding a home in Columbus. A dominant offensive line is key to a championship run, and Isles fits the bill as the Lions look to make a run for the 2019 NAL title.
Also re-signing with the Lions is Shattle Fenteng, the former Georgia Bulldog, who brings NAL experience and an SEC pedigree with him to the 2019 roster. Fenteng unfortunately spent much of the 2018 season battling the injury bug, but when healthy made a massive impact. The 6'2 defensive back made his money covering in the redzone, where his elite length and speed helped him shut down the league's top receivers. Fenteng made a huge splash in the NAL playoffs, as he intercepted a Massachusetts Pirates pass in the endzone to give the Lions momentum on the road. The Lions would go on to win that game and advance to the NAL championship. The former Bulldog also had a highly publicized prep career, as Fenteng was the #1 ranked junior college cornerback in the nation coming out of Hutchinson Community College (Kansas). Fenteng is originally from the state of Georgia, by way of Loganville, and will be vital in helping the Lions chase the 2019 NAL championship.
Stay tuned to find out who the Lions will sign next in the quest for their 3rd straight NAL championship appearance!