Although few, if anyone, are probably aware of such, the old PENNSYLVANIA STONERS playing in the old Allentown School District Stadium in the long-since-departed American Soccer League actually hold a very unique sort of record in the National Football League which stands to this very day.
The ’79 expansion Stoners, in fact, are the only professional soccer team in the entire world to have ever two N.F.L. placekickers, past or present, on the roster in the same season — a mark which, in all likelihood, will never be equaled.
Oddly enough, the leading goal-scorer for the Pennsylvania Stoners had a certain habit of hanging around with future N.F.L. placekickers although CHRISTIAN NWOKOCHA was never one, himself; aside from spending time with MATT BAHR and FLORIAN KEMPF with Stoners during the 1979 American Soccer League season, the Nigerian had previously been college soccer teammates at Clemson University with OBED ARIRI.
Ariri, who made four appearances with the Chicago Sting during the 1980 North American Soccer League season, was drafted in 1981 by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts and finally made his regular season debut a few years later for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.