USFL star Victor Bolden Jr talks scoring touchdown and championship game


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Birmingham Stallions wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. stepped up last week when it counted and lifted the team at the most opportune time in their playoff game against the New Orleans Breakers.

With the game tied 14-14 in the second quarter, Bolden returned a Breakers kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. It was the first kick return touchdown of the United States Football League’s first season.

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Birmingham Stallions wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. (7) kicks off during the first quarter of the USFL Playoff Semi-Final between the New Orleans Breakers and the Birmingham Stallions on June 25, 2022, at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH.
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That would give Birmingham a 21-14 lead and help them to an eventual 31-17 win. Birmingham will now be able to face the Philadelphia Stars for the USFL Championship.

“It means a lot,” Bolden told Fox News Digital when asked what it meant to have the stage score. “Especially when you talk about being a playmaker, you always want to come in and do something that will help the team win. It came at the most opportune time. Our special teams unit talked about it before the game. that it was going to be really important this week that we helped our attack and our defense with the position on the pitch. I felt good.”

Bolden was named to the All-USFL team as a wide receiver and as a special teammate. He had 42 catches for 415 yards and a receiving touchdown as well as 618 kick return yards.

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Victor Bolden Jr. #7 of the Birmingham Stallions heads the ball as LaDarius Wiley #4 of the Philadelphia Stars defends in the third quarter of the game at Protective Stadium on May 15, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Victor Bolden Jr. #7 of the Birmingham Stallions heads the ball as LaDarius Wiley #4 of the Philadelphia Stars defends in the third quarter of the game at Protective Stadium on May 15, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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“It’s an honour. To be considered among your peers as one of the best in the league certainly means a lot that you’ve invested in the world and it pays off. I have to continue to be that leader for my team and get us that trophy,” Bolden said.

Bolden and J’Mar Smith will lead the Stallions to the championship against the Stars on Saturday. Philadelphia upset the New Jersey Generals in their playoff game.

“I feel great,” he told Fox News Digital. “Getting to where we’ve talked as a team is always exciting. Just the calm before the storm at this point, trying to prepare.

For the Stallions to win the championship, Bolden said it would depend on who made the fewest mistakes.

Victor Bolden Jr. #7 of the Birmingham Stallions looks on during warm ups before the game against the New Jersey Generals at Protective Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Victor Bolden Jr. #7 of the Birmingham Stallions looks on during warm ups before the game against the New Jersey Generals at Protective Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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“Because, as you can see, most of the time it’s either the team that wins the revenue battle or the team that makes the fewest mistakes is the most successful. If we keep playing clean football and executing what we want in our game plan, I think we will have a good chance of winning.”

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