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Langan gridiron journey led to USFL

Quite a number of years ago there was a television series titled ‘Have Gun, Will Travel.’
Ryan Langan’s story might be called ‘Can Snap, Will Play.’
Cedar Rapids. Georgia. Birmingham.
Yes, the latest stop on Langan’s football journey this spring and early summer was Birmingham, Alabama, where he helped the Birmingham Stallions emerge as champions in the latest iteration of the United States Football League (USFL).
Birmingham concluded the league’s fledgling 2022 season Sunday with a thrilling 33-30 victory over the Philadelphia Stars in the league’s championship game.
No, it wasn’t the Super Bowl, but it was a version of professional football and another notch in Langan’s gridiron belt.
As Albion News/Boone County Tribune area residents are aware, Langan began as a Six-Man Football all-state player at Riverside High School. He learned there was a future at higher levels for long snap specialists and became one of the nation’s top long snappers at Georgia Southern.
After being cut in training camp by the Los Angeles Chargers last summer, it appeared Langan’s football days might be over. He returned to Cedar Rapids and helped coach Riverside this past fall. However, he continued to work out, stayed in shape and kept his snapping skills sharp.
That diligence paid off in April when the Stallions called, offering him another chance.
“They called on a Sunday night and asked if I could be there by Tuesday, so I packed my bags that night and left Monday morning at 5 or 6 and drove all the way to Birmingham,” Langan recalled in a recent media interview. “A couple of days later I played my first game.”

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