Georgia Cardinals Join GDFL For New Challenge

by Scott C. Wallace

MEMPHIS- Today the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) announced the addition the Georgia Cardinals to the league for the 2020 season. The Cardinals are currently competing in the Developmental Football International. This past Saturday, they defeated GDFL member the Tri-City Outlaws 15-12 and they are currently on a 28-game winning streak. 

“The organization is very excited to be part of the GDFL,” said Cardinal owner Leonard Holmes. The GDFL is one of the best leagues in the nation. We love competition and can’t wait to test our team against the best of the best. We realize being the new kids on the block that there will be a target on our backs. We accept the challenge”

In it’s eight year, the Cardinals boast an impressive 61-10-2 record. Just looking at their website, you can tell they are a well ran organization. Their home field is located in Alpharetta, Georgia which is 30 miles north of Atlanta, an area with a plethora of talent for them to choose from.

“This is just another great addition to our brand,” said GDFL president Charles Thompson. “We want quality over quantity. The Cardinals have been around long enough and is well established. I am excited to see how they match up with our top teams.” 



The Georgia Cardinals becomes the 30th team that has won league championships in their former league.

2015 ESX3 Champions
2017 WDFL Champions
2018 DFI Atlantic Division Champions

The team was founded in 2012 by husband and wife Leonard and Cindy Holmes of Forsyth County. Leonard, a former college and professional player in arena football, brought a knowledge of the sport while his wife brought business savvy, and the organization was created with an emphasis on high quality football, faith and giving back to the community. 

Cardinals’ head coach Darius Partridge, who has 10 plus years of coaching and playing experience, said players will focus on technique training, but a strong emphasis of the team is developing players off the field as well. 

“It’s a lot more than football,” he said. “We are building character and building men, football is just a tool.”

Cindy Holmes said the team will continue to benefit and support local charities. The organization has been active with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Jeffrey Campbell Evans Foundation and Toys for Tots while being active with local youth sports organizations and camps. 

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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.

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The GDFL Communications Office contributed to this article.