Minnesota Brawler Football

The Brawlers Are Coming
Article By: Paul Thelen

The Minnesota Brawlers have settled into their new home in Burnsville, and are excited to put on a show for you.
The Minnesota Brawlers are a semi-pro football team that competes in the Northern Elite Football Conference. Founded in 2014, the Brawlers have played the last three seasons in Mankato, MN and will make their Burnsville debut on May 6th against the Fargo Invaders at Bob Pates Stadium.

The path that the Brawlers took to arrive in Burnsville required a ton of work both on and off the field, and the results are clear as day.

“The chance to play at such spectacular facility that has the capacity to entertain a fan base from all over Minnesota is so exciting,” wide receiver Levi Fossen says. “Burnsville is a great town and I can’t wait to play in front of them.”

When the Brawlers started in 2014, they competed in a small independent conference with a team consisting of a mere 16 players. This year they boast a 33-man roster and will be facing off against opponents in the nation’s premier semi-pro conference.  The crowds in year one were small, consisting of primarily friends and family of the players.  This year, owner and team President Trever Coxworth hopes to fill the stands of Bob Pates stadium with as many as 1,000 fans.

“The amount of support we have already received since moving to Burnsville has been incredible. More players, sponsors, facilities, you name it.” Brawlers running back Joe Breedice says.

What held the Brawlers together during their early days was a strong love and passion for the game of football.  Those two characteristics are what has enabled their rapid growth just three short years later. The passion the Brawlers have for the game has carried over to the their becoming positive contributors to their community, as this year they are excited to be partnering with two non-profit’s that do tremendous work in the Twin Cities: Feed My Starving Child and Anti Bullying.

As for on the field, the Brawlers are poised for a breakout season in the Northern Elite League. On offense they deploy an action-heavy spread offense, and on defense an aggressive, attacking 4-3 scheme. With a deeper roster in 2017, the Brawlers will look to increase the intensity on both sides of the ball now that fewer players will be forced to play both ways.

“This year I’m excited to be playing with my original Brawlers family that I’ve played with from day one, in addition to our new talented players such as (defensive back) Willie McCalebb and Keith Richardson (defensive back),” wide receiver Spencer Bowen says, “They both put in a lot of work and push me to become the best player I can become.”

The Brawler’s home opener against Fargo will be a great test for them, but many of the Brawlers players have their week 2 matchup against archrival St. Paul Pioneers on the back of their mind.

“If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” quarterback Ray Bibbens says. “We’ve played them close the last couple of games, and with the work we’ve put in this offseason I like our chances this year.”

The showdown against the Pioneers will take place in Burnsville on May 13, as the Brawlers host Military Night to show appreciation for the veterans of the Twin Cities.

The Brawlers encourage the people of Burnsville to cheer them on this season.

“All it will take is one game,” owner Trever Coxworth says. “If they come once and see what we’re about, they’ll become fans.”

The first chance to see what the Brawlers are about is Saturday May 6th at Bob Pates Stadium for Family Night, where kids receive free admission.

We look forward to seeing you and your families at the games this year. Hopefully sporting red and black Brawlers gear.

Go Brawlers!