TRENTON, NJ — Trenton Freedom defensive back Boubacar Cissoko has just earned a call up to the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena Football League.
Following a torn left ACL injury last June with the Georgia Fire of the PIFL, his time in Trenton was about getting the reps on defense and proving he was back to one hundered percent. For Cissoko, the shot to be able to earn his way back to the AFL is gratifying.
“It is [rewarding],” Cissoko said. “It reminds me that the hard work pays off, and I wasn’t distressed about (getting assigned to a lower level), or mad about it. When I went to the Freedom, I looked at it as work hard, and try to get back. I'm coming off a knee injury, so I had to show him I was healthy, that I was good, and get my confidence back.”
Cissoko made his presence felt in the Freedom secondary during his time in Trenton. He ranked second on the team with 21.5 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception.
He enjoyed his brief time with the Freedom organization and felt he made the most of it.
“I think the Trenton Freedom, by far, is the best PIFL organization there is,” he said. “Great coaching staff, great facility, great fans, great owners and I loved it.
“In my first (Voodoo) practice, people asked me where I came from, and I said Trenton Freedom and told them it’s by far the best PIFL team around. The coaches taught us the fundamentals and made it personal. I loved playing with the guys.”
Sidenote: For those of you wondering, yes, Roger “Spiderman” Jackson is also there, and as of now, both will room together for the rest of the AFL season.