Ashley wouldn’t take no for an answer


Bismarck Bucks backup quarterback Mike Ashley wouldn’t take no for answer. His persistence paid off in contract with the team.

Back in December, the Bucks held an open try, Mike Ashley came, went through drills and was told he would not receive a contract.

“Disappointed,” Ashley said. “A little hurt.”

Coach Richard Davis told Mike he would stay in touch, and Mike took that literally.

“He took that as his opening and showed back up the next day and said, ‘I’m here to stay in touch'”, Davis said.

“I made it to every practice,” Ashley said, “and continued to make it to every practice. You know I earned my contract at the end of the day.”

Mike could practice with the team because the team had not reached the Champions Indoor Football League’s maximum number of roster players. Fate also intervened when a couple of players suffered injuries. Mike decided to switch positions.

“He’s the kind of that’ll say, ‘I’ll go play some DB. I’ll go play some receiver,'” Davis said.

Mike hadn’t played organized football in seven years and he had no indoor football experience. And he only played two years at West Hills Community College.

“It’s how you grind,” Ashley said. “Are you willing to grind and put in the work and bounce back? And just show the coaches that you are determined and you deserve to be here.”

Mike describes himself as a hybrid athlete. He still remembers the day he saw a uniform with his name on it.

“It was a really good feeling,” Ashley said, “but you know I just scrapped the surface. I know I still have a long way to go.

Mike caught the two-point conversion that set up Evan Connolly’s game wining field goal in the Bucks win over Sioux City on May 6.

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