by Erie Express Media

The Erie Express are pleased to announce the signing of All-Pro DE-Andre Portis (Marshall University) for the 2020 season. Andre begins his first season with the Express and joins one of the top defensive lines in the country. 

Andre is a graduate of Fairfield, HS (CA) and began his college career at San Mateo College before finishing at Marshall University. While at San Mateo, Portis was named first-team All-Northern California Conference and was rated as one of the top 5 linebackers in Junior College by

 Andre was rated as a three star recruit by Portis chose Marshall over 10 other scholarship offers from schools such as California, Minnesota, Colorado State, and Temple. While at Marshall, Andre helped lead the Thundering Herd to a 21-17 victory over the Ohio Bobcats in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. 

Andre has played professionally for the Huntington Hammer, Marion Blue Racers, Sioux Falls Storm and Erie Explosion. With 5 All-Pro seasons and 3 championships under his belt he is sure to make an impact right away. (Related Story)


The Gridiron Developmental Football League is a Professional Developmental Football League based in Memphis, Tennessee. This League was established to provide the community with high quality sports entertainment and to provide athletes the opportunity to participate in professional sports.

 We are looking at partnering with national and local area businesses in our pursuit of excellence and commitment to our community. Our commitment, dedication, and vision are set on building a firm foundation for professionalism and quality. The Gridiron Developmental Football League continues to strive to provide a quality minor professional level of football throughout the United States and beyond giving area athletes and fans the opportunity be a part of history. 

Our organization would like to thank you for your support. We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to “Making AN IMPACT” in our Community.

Fans can visit our website at for upcoming announcements, ticketing info, and player tryouts.

The GDFL Communications Office contributed to this article.