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Keller suits up for the Duke City Gladiators

Paul Reilly
March 10, 2018 09:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Duke City Gladiators faced off against the Fort Worth City Gunslingers at their season-opening exhibition matchup Saturday night, but it wasn't the usual team lineup stepping onto the gridiron.


There was one special, and well-known, player on the field – Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.

"They offered me to coach, and I said, 'Man, I used to play quarterback. I want to take a few snaps,'" Keller said.

It wasn't the mayor's first time under center. He quarterbacked for St. Pius in the late '90s and said he likes to keep his skills sharp.

"I still throw the football actually once a week. I throw pass patterns to stay in shape, throw a little bit," he said. "For a 40-year-old, I'm alright."

That weekly practice seems to have paid off, as the mayor played a role in scoring a few touchdowns for the Gladiators.

"This team is good. These players are nationally renowned from both (the) college and pro levels," he said. "We're lucky to have them. I just appreciate them putting up with an old fogey for a couple of plays."

It was all for a good cause, too. 50 percent of the proceeds from Saturday night's game is going to Albuquerque's first responders.

The mayor's jersey was also auctioned off after the game as part of the fundraising effort.

"I'm glad to represent the city tonight," the mayor said.


Paul Reilly

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