(Florence, Ky.) – In the event there is no NFL season in 2011, Cincinnati Bengals players have the opportunity to continue playing a professional sport.
The Frontier League Florence Freedom baseball team was issued an open letter to Bengals players inviting them to the team tryouts at Champion Window Field on Saturday, April 23.
The organization’s invite was inspired by Chad Ochocinco’s tryout with Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City in which the star wideout earned a spot on the club’s reserve team.
Here is the open letter as seen at www.FlorenceFreedom.com:
ATTN: CINCINNATI BENGALS PLAYERS
With an official lockout looming and a Collective Bargaining Agreement seemingly out of reach, NFL players are preparing for a summer without organized workouts and an uncertain future. The Florence Freedom Professional Baseball Team would like to help out Cincinnati Bengals players by giving them the opportunity to stay active and employed this summer. Please accept our invitation to attend our team tryout on April 23rd!
Chad Ochocinco's recent tryout with Major League Soccer showed that there are numerous opportunities available for players to pursue other athletic ventures. Located right in Cincinnati's backyard, the Florence Freedom play a 96 game schedule from late May to early September. Any and all Cincinnati Bengals players under the age of 27 (per league rules) are invited to try out for a spot on the 2011 roster. The tryout will be free of charge to Bengals players as we'd like to lend a hand during these troubled times and help the players stay in shape this offseason.
Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson excelled on both the gridiron and the baseball diamond. The greatest basketball player of all time even took his shot at America's pastime. Now, we are giving Bengals players the opportunity to be the next great two-sport star. Please accept our invitation to come "play ball!" with the Freedom.
Florence Freedom Professional Baseball Team
Florence Freedom Team Tryouts
Saturday, April 23rd
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
7950 Freedom Way
Florence, KY 41042