pictured above: Richard Myles Sr. Founder of MFL and Patrick Freeman New Owner of Rochester Chargers
The newly formed Rochester Chargers franchise of the Minor Football League (MFL), will be under new ownership with the sale of the team to Pat Freeman.
Freeman will now move into a joint role as the franchise’s owner and general manager overseeing day to day operations.
“I’m honored and humbled,” Freeman told The Challenger.. adding that this position “ will give me more of a platform to do more in the community.”
For example, he pointed out, the league, which has been in existence since 1993, was founded by Richard Myles Sr., an advocate for young people, so the league also offers various programs that will benefit the WNY community youth. Proven Programs like No Thugs No Drugs and Athletes in Motion have been very successful.
The league will kick off its season June 5, 2021. It was cancelled this year because of the COVID pandemic. Each team will play 10 games (five home and five away). The Rochester Chargers will play in the Mid-Atlantic Division in the National Minor Football League conference. This division includes the Washington Chiefs, Maryland Colts, and New Jersey Raiders.
This is an exciting time for Freeman, whose dedication and tenacity in the field is finally paying off. It is a long overdue opportunity for the accomplished spots journalist, visionary and advocate. A longtime resident of Buffalo, by way of New Brunswick, N.J., he has deep roots in the community and vast experience in sports, having covered the Buffalo Bills as a beat writer for the last 25 years. Well respected and known throughout the media community as “The Mighty Oba,” Freeman, a member of The Pro Football Writers Association of America, is currently a feature writer for the Buffalo Criterion Newspaper.
He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and District Deputy Grand Master (Emeritus) of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York. He was elevated to the 33rd and last degree of masonry in 2006 as a member of the Courtney P. Houston class in Detroit, Michigan – United Supreme Council Northern Jurisdiction (Prince Hall Affiliated).
Freeman, who attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, graduated from the New York State Police Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Regents College.
Since being named general manager and now the franchise owner, he has received numerous letters of support from distinguished individuals throughout the community, including top political and faith leaders within the upstate New York area,
Individuals interested in purchasing a franchise should visit the league website at: www.mflishere.com. Individuals can visit the franchise section of the website or call the league front office at (240) 551-8031. Individuals can also contact the league directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This year the Minor Football League celebrates 25 years of existence as the nation’s only professional minor professional league. Myles, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and founder of the league is careful to point out that the MFL is not a sem -pro league.
“The MFL is a 21st-century model and beyond. The MFL has changed the game of football on and off the field by taking players from the field to the front office. The MFL is a professional minor league like minor league baseball, hockey or the G League in NBA basketball.”
Myles, who previously played professionally as a member of the New England Patriots describes The MFL is being known as “the laboratory of change” which provides “integrity, commitment, and excellence in all we do.”
For any MFL hopefuls, dates and tryouts for the Rochester Chargers will be announced soon.
Congratulations brother Freeman!