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Birmingham Stallions wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. stepped up last week when he counted and lifted the team at the most opportune moment 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 first season of the United States Soccer League.
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It would give Birmingham a 21-14 lead and help them to an eventual 31-17 win. Birmingham will now be able to play the Philadelphia Stars for the USFL championship.
“It means a lot,” Bolden told Fox News Digital when asked what it meant to have the all-time 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 that before the game that was going to be really important this week. that we helped our offense and defense with field position. It felt great.”
Bolden was named to the All-USFL team as a wide receiver and a member of the special team. He had 42 catches for 415 yards and a receiving touchdown along with 618 kick return yards.
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“It’s an honor. To be considered among your peers as one of the best in the league, it definitely means a lot what you’ve been putting out into the world and it’s paying off. I have to continue to be that leader for my team and get us this trophy.” Bolden said.
Bolden and J’Mar Smith will guide the Stallions to the championship against the Stars on Saturday. Philadelphia stunned the New Jersey Generals in their playoff game.
“I feel good,” he told Fox News Digital. “Getting to where we as a team talk about going is always exciting. Just the calm before the storm at this point trying to get ready.”
For the Stallions to win the championship, Bolden said it will depend on who makes the fewest mistakes.
“Because as you can see, most of the time, it’s the team that wins the turnover battle or the one that makes the fewest mistakes, the one that has the most success. If we keep playing clean football and executing what we want In our game plan, I think we’ll have a good chance of victory.”
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The USFL Championship will take place on Sunday at 7:30 pm ET on FOX.