The Centennial High graduate takes footballs indoor game to Honolulu and Beijing this fall

by: PHOTO COURTESY: SPOKANE SHOCK - Patrick Stoudamire Jr., just completed his third season in the Arena Football League, helping the Spokane Shock to the league semifinals in 2013.Patrick Stoudamire Jr., is helping take the Arena Football League overseas this fall after being selected to play in a series of all-star games.

Stoudamire, a third-year defensive back with the Spokane Shock, will play for the West all-stars in an exhibition game in Honolulu on Saturday, Nov. 16, and at another all-star game to be played in Beijing, China later this fall.

“All-star games are always fun to be a part of, going up against the best in the league,” Stoudamire said. “And it gives us a chance to showcase our game.”

Stoudamire will also get in some sight-seeing with planned trips to Pearl Harbor, the Great Wall and the Forgotten City.

Stoudamire was invited to training camp with the San Francisco 49ers after graduating from Western Illinois and has spent the last three seasons in the Arena League. He had 37 tackles and two interceptions to help the Spokane Shock reach the AFL semifinals.

“I didn’t get out of the first round at Centennial, never made the playoffs in college, so getting that far was special,” Stoudamire said. “We were so close to a championship, hopefully next year we can get it.”

Stoudamire has one-year left on his contract with the Shock in a league where players are often still looking for another chance at the NFL. The high-speed environment of the indoor game has helped hone his skills.

“There’s nothing more challenging than trying to stop a receiver who is given a running start at you,” Stoudamire said. “It’s a fast-paced game, and you have to have a short memory out there. My favorite thing is smashing someone up over the wall.”

Stoudamire became a father this summer as he and his girlfriend Natasha welcomed their daughter Jazmyn into the world.

“She’s a little bundle of joy,” he said. “It’s all about growing up, starting a family and realizing someone is relying on you to provide for them.”

Stoudamire lives in Spokane and works at Walmart during the offseason.

Check out news on Portland's new Arena Football team to start play in 2014 in the Friday, Oct. 18, print edition.

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