DeMarquis Gates of the Birmingham Stallions.

Birmingham Stallions LB DeMarquis Gates Signs With Chicago Bears

DeMarquis Gates, a superstar linebacker for the Birmingham Stallions, has made the leap to the NFL. Gates was superb in the USFL this season, arguably being the league’s best linebacker. Now, he signs a contract with the Chicago Bears, after participating in a tryout with them earlier this week.

DeMarquis was sensational in the USFL. He was nothing but a leader for Birmingham’s defense all season long – a unit that was one of the tightest in the entire league.

Gates finished the season with 62 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and an interception. His presence was a force to be reckoned with all year long, making opposing offenses miserable every week. The two time defensive player of the week also led the USFL with eleven tackles for loss.

In the playoffs, he was outstanding. His pick six in the semi-finals versus New Orleans was a key factor in their win, ultimately propelling them to the Championship game.

Spring League Legend

DeMarquis has had quite the spring football career so far. He was a standout linebacker in the Alliance of American Football, playing out of his mind for the Memphis Express.

Then, he joined the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL – who proceeded to go undefeated in five weeks. In fact, Gates made two interceptions in back-to-back games that clinched them wins in weeks three and four.

While he has been picked up by a couple of NFL teams, Gates never quite found a way to make the 53 man roster. However, due to his exceptional performances with the USFL, he gets another opportunity – this time with the Chicago Bears.

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