HAMMOND – Coach Ron McCaleb is looking for athletes 18 and older in River Parishes to join one of Louisiana’s top performing development football teams.
McCaleb said the Hammond-based Louisiana Bayou Vipers team present the perfect opportunity for those looking to improve on and off the football field. The Bayou Vipers are members of the Gridiron Developmental Football League, which uses the franchise model and follows a playoff format similar to that of the NCAA. While on the hunt for a coveted national championship, McCaleb saw the minor league terrain set the stage for major successes.
Four Bayou Vipers have reached the NFL, according to McCaleb. Three others went to the Canadian Football League, seven to the Indoor Football League and two currently play football abroad.
Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux started with the Louisiana Bayou Vipers in 2012. Breaux then signed with the New Orleans Voodoo in the Arena Football League and, later, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from the Canadian Football League before securing his spot. with the saints.
Other members of the Bayou Vipers include Grambling State’s Bayou Classic MVP Greg Dillon and Raymond Cotton, who was quarterback at Ole Miss and recently signed with Poles Tychy Falcons.
“These are the types of guys who trusted me,” said McCaleb.
Former East St. John running back Andrew Taylor is among those representing the river parishes on the Bayou Vipers list.
Once the 2022 season kicks off in March, the Bayou Vipers will travel across Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee to take on other teams in the Gridiron Developmental Football League. McCaleb led the team to 175 wins and 75 losses.
“It’s really to help people gain experience and prepare for the next level,” McCaleb said. “I will even help young high school students who need help with training and practice. “
The first step in joining the team is to simply show up for practice, which currently takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Sunday. Training time will increase as the 2022 season approaches. Serious inquiries can be directed to McCaleb at 985-402-8306.