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Demary Helps Lead Cincinnati To A Pro Football Championship | Campbellsville


Jeff Demary

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Less than 10 months after raising his index finger to the sky as champion of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Victory Bowl, former Campbellsville University defensive back Jeffrey Demary is celebrating another football championship.

Demary, a rookie in the Ultimate Indoor Football League, helped lead the Cincinnati Commados to their third-straight league championship on Monday, July 2 with an Ultimate Bowl victory over the Florida Tarpons, 61-42.

“This means so much to me. I’ve won two rings in one year, and that speaks for itself,” Demary said. “I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say after the game. I’m glad to be a part of this team and be a part of another championship, and to help this team three-peat.”Demary led the Commandos secondary in the game with 11 tackles, including nine solo stops. He added two pass break ups and a fumble recovery that stopped a Tarpons drive inside the Cincinnati 10 late during the third quarter.After graduating with his criminal justice degree in December, Demary reported to Cincinnati in February. He earned his way onto the field by the second regular season game in early March and played four-straight games before the team rotated defensive backs for the next three weeks. He closed out the year by playing in the team’s final two games.”We had a real good team. Week-for-week it was really tough for our coaches to decide who was going to dress and who wasn’t,” Demary said.

Despite playing in only six games, Demary collected 41 total tackles on the season, the team’s third-best, eight pass deflections, four interceptions and a fumble recovery. One of those interceptions resulted in a pick-six touchdown for Demary to help seal a 54-32 win on the road in Erie, Penn. His 6.8 tackles per game was the best on the team.

Demary is now applying for jobs related to his criminal justice degree, while an open invitation remains to return to the Commados in 2013. He says if he finds a successful job, it may be the end of his playing career, but if not, he will look at returning to the team for another year.

“It was a great experience. We weren’t getting paid much money, but I got to do something I love on the professional level. That opportunity to step in there and get a starting role and be a part of a special team and help them win, meant a lot,” Demary said.

Demary said he would never have had this chance without his development as a player over four season at Campbellsville during the first four-years of Perry Thomas’ tenure as head coach.

“I came into Campbellsville as a boy, and I left as a man,” Demary said.”My senior year helped me out a lot. Coach Thomas and the coaching staff worked us extra hard and we knew we wanted to play for a championship. That was my goal when I came in – we wanted to win a championship … (In Cincinnati) I was still fresh


Artist renderings of Demary's two championship rings.

and able to compete. I knew I had to bring what I had in college to the professional level.”Demary is the third former Fighting Tiger football player to lead his team to a league championship in the past three years. Former defensive back William Mulder, who finished his career at CU in 2001, helped lead the Spokane Shocks to an Arena Football League championship victory in 2010, while running back Greg Fountain (2008) carried the Seinäjoki Crocodiles to the Finnish Maple League championship game in 2010 and 2011.

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