Terrell High School football alumni Brashard “Book” Booker or “Peewee” signed a contract to play with the Mesquite Marshals professional Arena Football team.
Booker was a first team all-state defensive back for the Tigers during 2005-08 and was a three-sport varsity athlete playing football, track and basketball.
“It feels good,” Booker said of the opportunity to sign with Mesquite. “I’m going to take full advantage of it because I’ve been waiting for it for a long time.”
Mesquite Marshals head coach Larry Hendrix said he loves Booker’s footwork and the ability to find the football after watching him on film.
“He told me he was from Terrell so I asked him if he wanted to come home and play for Mesquite,” Hendrix said. “He doesn’t have the football weight but he is a good kid and he was the first kid we signed to the team.”
The Mesquite Marshalls will be the 11th team for the Champions Indoor League in 2016 playing in Mesquite Arena.
Booker said he wasn’t surprised that he got the phone call.
“I stayed networking with some of the arena league football coaches so I knew I was going to get a call,” Booker said. “I was expecting it and I was prepared for it.”
Hendrix said Booker was excited when he got the call from the Marshals wanting him to play for them.
“He was over here in about 15 minutes to sign with us,” Hendrix said. “He really wanted to come here and play.”
Booker will be competing for a starting spot as Hendrix said the team doesn’t guarantee a starting position right away.
“Every player gets paid the same amount of money so it makes them that much hungrier to start,” Hendrix said.
Booker's latest stint was with the Salina Bombers with the Champions Indoor League before heading to Mesquite.
Booker played college football for Northwestern State University where he was the second leading tackler on the team during his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also named all conference in 2010.
After college, Booker took two years off from team football to focus on his family but Booker kept training and that led him to return to football by playing with the Kansas Coyotes of the CIF. Booker signed with the Bombers after the Coyotes organization folded.
“I want this opportunity to be a stepping stone for my football career,” Booker said. “I’m using this experience to show people to keep going in life and do something you love.”