Former Ansbach RB Whaley earns NFL opportunity

Former Ansbach High School running back Dominique Whaley has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

Whaley recently completed an injury-plagued career at the University of Oklahoma and was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. But he was included in the annual wave of undrafted players signed in the wake of the draft, including eight other signees by the Seahawks.

Whaley played his freshman and sophomore seasons for Ansbach in 2005 and 2006, also starring in basketball and track and field. He graduated from Oklahoma’s Lawton MacArthur High School, started his collegiate career at Oklahoma NAIA school Langston University and ultimately walked on at OU. He quickly reached the top of the Sooners’ depth chart, emerging as the team’s featured running back in 2011.

But a devastating injury suffered six games into that season derailed his promising career, and he was used sparingly in his senior season of 2012. For his career, Whaley carried 152 times for 870 yards and 10 touchdowns.

A fully-recovered Whaley will seek to find a niche in a Seahawks depth chart headlined by star Marshawn Lynch.

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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