Gladiators Add DB's Stephens, Veal, and DL Obi

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, presented by Unique Home Solutions, activated DB Brandon Stephens and DL KC Obi, and were also assigned DB Kenny Veal, the team announced Tuesday.

Stephens, 29, returns to Cleveland for his second stint with the Gladiators after appearing in four games with the Baltimore Brigade this season, for whom he collected 13.5 tackles.

The 5’11”, 205 lb. defensive back from Miami University (Ohio) previously played for the Gladiators from 2014-2016 during which time he appeared in 16 total games and registered 84 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, one forced fumble, and one interception.

In addition to his time in the AFL with the Gladiators, Stephens also participated in training camp with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) in 2015.

Stephens is a native of Strongsville, OH, and was a four-year letter winner at Strongsville High School.

Veal, 28, returns for his third stint with the Gladiators. He posted seven tackles and two pass break-ups during his previous one-game stint in Cleveland on April 15th against this week’s opponent, the Brigade.

The 5’11”, 190 lb. defensive back is a native of Cleveland, OH, and played his college ball at the University of Toledo.

Obi, 26, joins the Gladiators after most recently spending time with Baltimore this season. Obi posted 12.5 tackles in six games with the Brigade.

The product of the University of North Texas had his most productive seasons during the 2014-15 seasons with the Portland Thunder, where he tallied 62.5 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 27 games.

The 6’2”, 251 lb. defensive lineman is a native of Mission Hills, CA.

Additionally, the Gladiators also announced they have placed DB Kent Richardson on reassignment, WR Larry Brackins and DL Zach Colvin on injured reserve, and OL Alex Land on inactive reserve.

The Gladiators Tailgate Zone will debut on Friday, June 16th when the Gladiators host the Baltimore Brigade at Quicken Loans Arena. The all-new Tailgate Zone includes an all-inclusive buffet featuring Sugardale hot dogs, a nacho bar, popcorn and cookies plus beer, wine and Pepsi products. “The Zone” is located at field level in a private space right next to the players and all of the game action. Tickets are only $49 and are available by visiting or by calling (216) 420-2222.

June 16th is also “Summer Picnic at The Q” and the first 10,000 fans to arrive will receive a free Gladiators Tumbler presented by Phantom Fireworks. Additionally, there will be two other opportunities for fans to experience the Tailgate Zone during the remaining home games of the 2017 regular season as the team hosts “Go Pink Night” on Saturday June 24th and “Fan Salute Night presented by the Brew Kettle” on Saturday, July 8th.

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