Massachusetts Pirates

Massachusetts Pirates
Established 2017
Play in Worcester, Massachusetts
at the DCU Center
League/conference affiliations
National Arena League (2018–present)
Team colors Teal, purple, khaki, white
Owner(s) Hassan Yatim
President Jawad Yatim
Head coach Ameer Ismail
Team history
  • Massachusetts Pirates (2018–present)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (1)
NAL: 2018
Home arena(s)

The Massachusetts Pirates are a professional indoor football team and a member of the National Arena League (NAL). The team is based in Worcester, Massachusetts, and play their home games at the DCU Center.[1]

The Pirates are the third indoor/arena team to call Worcester home, following the Massachusetts Marauders of the Arena Football League (1994) and the New England Surge of the Continental Indoor Football League (20072008)


After numerous speculation beforehand, the Pirates were officially announced as members of the NAL on November 15, 2017.[1] The team began play in the 2018 season. The Pirates won their inaugural game, played at the DCU Center on April 7, defeating the Maine Mammoths 51–24. They were led most of the season by quarterback Sean Brackett until the second-to-last regular season game where he was injured for the remainder of the season in a 46–35 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks, who then took over the top seed in the NAL. Darron Thomas started the following week in 67–7 win over the win-less Lehigh Valley Steelhawks; following a Sharks loss to the Mammoths the Pirates secured the top seed and a home game in the 2018 playoffs. The team finished their inaugural season with a regular season record of 11–5 but lost the semifinal playoff game to the Columbus Lions 50–36.

Key people

  • Hassan Yatim – Owner
  • Jawad Yatim – President

Current roster

Massachusetts Pirates roster

Running backs

  • Currently vacant

Wide receivers

  •  0 Bones Bagaunte
  • -- Marcus Bennett
  •  6 Devonn Brown
  • 18 Lamont Bryant
  • 15 Lavon Pearson
Offensive linemen
  • 78 Thomas Claiborne
  • 76 Dashawn Johnson
  • 72 Cornelius Lewis
  • 77 Fred Ruff
  • 73 Bill Vavau

Defensive linemen

  • 91 Darryl Render
  • 55 Tavarus Dantzler
  • 47 Nick Haag
  • 14 Pasquale Vacchio

Defensive backs

  •  3 John Hardy-Tuliau
  •  5 Demetruce McNeal
  • 23 Cheatham Norrils
  • 13 Kiante Northington
  •  9 Troy Sanders

Special teams

  •  7 Ali Mourtada
Reserve lists
  • 18 Robert Bryant WR (IR)
  •  4 Orlandus Harris DB (Exempt.)
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated May 17, 2018
  • 24 Active, 5 Inactive

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