SPOKANE, WASH (WKZO) – Former Western Michigan tight end Branden Ledbetter has become the 3rd Bronco to sign a professional contract in the last 2 months as he has just signed a contract with Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock. Ledbetter will play wide receiver when the season starts in March.
“With getting my degree and finally getting married, I can pursue my football career with no other distractions,” Ledbetter said. "My preparations for the 2012 AFL season are and have been mainly focused on speed this time. Before, I was too worried about bulk and by doing that hindered what I did best, running routes and catching the ball. The goal is to have a great season in Spokane and hopefully get an opportunity to sign with an NFL team as a tight end in the summer of 2012. It’s going to be a great year."
Ledbetter, 6-5 240, most recently played with the California Redwoods of the UFL. After his career ended as a Bronco, Ledbetter attended training camp with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.
While at Western Michigan, Ledbetter was three-time All Mid-American Conference selection from 2006-2008 and was also a two-time captain. As a Bronco Ledbetter finished his career with 131 receptions for 1,513 yards and 20 touchdowns. His 20 touchdowns are a program record among tight ends.
Former Broncos Juan Nunez and Jamarko Simmons each signed professional in October. Nunez with the San Jose SaberCats of the AFL and Simmons signed with the New York Jets as a member of their practice squad.