The mouthwatering showdown between quarterback Jeff Garcia and running back Ahman Green of the Omaha Nighthawks (1-0) and quarterback Daunte Culpepper and his Sacramento Mountain Lions (1-1) will kickoff at 7.30pm local time on Saturday, October 2.
The ‘Rumble at Rosenblatt’ will air live on HDNet with Kenny Rice and Paul Maguire calling the action at 8.30pm EDT following an HDNet pregame show at 8pm EDT.
Here are Jeff Garcia’s thoughts on being a member of the Omaha Nighthawks:
On playing in the UFL:
“I really came in without too many expectations, first of all. I really didn’t know what to expect. I really just looked at it as an opportunity for 2½-to-3 months to play the game of football. We’ve only been through one game from the Omaha side of things, but it’s been a real positive. For me, it’s really brought me back to the root of the game, the reason I play this game. It’s really brought us back to why we play the game, because we love the game.
“I don’t know it’s a feeling of being shocked or anything like that. We still have the want and desire to play the game. This was our next option, and fortunately for us, we were given an opportunity to join a team and be a leader of a team. We want to be starters. We want to be players who can contribute to their teams.
“We’ve been able to come back here and play football. We all love to play. Their concern is getting on the field and having the opportunity to compete and play.
On what he brings to the Nighthawks:
“The biggest trait that I have within myself is my competitive spirit. As much as I’ve always been a team guy and supportive of the starter…my competitive drive is all about being on the field and contributing.
“For me to come back here and have the chance to be a starter, have a chance to really be a leader…has been a very positive experience for me.”
On his impressions of the UFL:
“Everything that’s taking place with the league so far is exciting. There’s so much room for growth, but with what has happened with the first two weeks of the league, there’s been some fantastic finishes and some great individual play. I think you can’t take away from the fact that you have guys in this league like Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown, who have solid NFL experience. For the fans who are in tune with what’s going on, and hopefully those who are football fans who aren’t as aware…hopefully, it creates that sort of attention that allows this league to grow.
On the fans in Omaha:
“The fans have been awesome. They love their football. As long as we don’t conflict with a University of Nebraska game, things will be good for us. The people of Omaha, to be able to affiliate themselves with a professional football team…they’ve embraced it completely.
On facing Daunte Culpepper this weekend:
“I have to focus on what my responsibility is, and who I’m going up against. Likewise, Daunte has to go against our defense. It’s one of those things where, obviously…we’re well-aware of each other, and I’m well-aware of some of the greatness he’s had on the football field, and the quality of player he’s been and can be, and he definitely showed that last week.”