Imagine playing pro football in Vegas.
Now, snap out of it. There’s a waiver to be signed, and a $60 cash donation to make sure you’re serious.
The entire coaching staff of the United Football League’s Las Vegas Locomotives, inlcuding head coach Jim Fassell, have announced an open tryout Saturday at Cerritos College (11110 Alonda Blvd., Norwalk) to find players for this fall’s season.
The tryout runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., in order of positions — punters, place kickers, long snappers, kick returners and punt returners register from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with workouts from 9 to 11 a.m.; offensive linemen, defensive linemen and tight ends register from from 10 to 11 a.m. with workouts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; skill position players register from 11 a.m. to noon with workouts from noon to 2:15 p.m.
The workout includes individual position drills and timing in the 40-yard dash.
So, if there’s no NFL season — highly unlikely — the UFL could be the only option for those looking for some pay-check football.
Fassel, a former USC and Long Beach quarterback who took the New York Giants to the XXXV Super Bowl in 2001, has won both UFL titles in Las Vegas. In 2009, the Locos beat the Florida Tuskers on a 33-yard field goal 1:43 into overtime.. Last year, the Locos lost their last two regular-season games but still qualified for the championship and upset the Tuskers 23-20 by blocking a potentially game-tying field goal in the closing seconds.
The 2011 UFL is scheduled to have five teams, playing an eight-game schedule. In addition to Las Vegas, there are teams in Sacramento (with Dennis Green), Virginia (with Marty Schottenheimer), Hartford (with Jerry Glanville) and Omaha. Florida has folded.
More info and registration to be Loco-crazy: www.ufl-football.com/tryouts/locos