Former Poly Football Player Assigned to LA KISS Arena Football Team


Photo courtesy of Samie Parker

When arena football returns to greater Los Angeles next month, it may be with a former Long Beach Poly and NFL football receiver on the field.

Last week, Samie Parker, 32, was assigned to the LA Kiss Arena Football League team, which plays its inaugural season’s home opener at the Honda Center on April 5. Parker was a standout at Oregon who went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007 and, later, the Denver Broncos, the Carolina Panthers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders before leaving the NFL to play in other football leagues like the UFL, AFL and CFL. 

LA KISS is co-owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from the band KISS and opened its training camp over the weekend. It conducted its first practice Saturday at Whittier College with 35 players competing for the 24 spots on the team’s regular-season roster. 

The team will open its first season March 15 at San Antonio and play at Orlando March 21 before facing Portland Thunder at the Honda Center April 5.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.