Upstate Predators Join GDFL

by Gridiron Media

Rochester, New York-The Gridiron Developmental Football League is pleased to announce the Upstate Predators of Rochester, New York . 

"We are excited about competing in the GDFL , we are building a strong foundation and a brand  which is why we chose to be apart of the # 1 league in the country and have made the commitment for the 2020 season and beyond. The GDFL which will afford our fans an opportunity to enjoy the best that Pro Developmental Football has to offer. It allows the Predators to expand our footprint and grow into a nationally recognized brand." said Predators/Owner Tommy Love.

I am a firm believer that the only way you can WIN and be successful as a Football Team is you gotta build a solid  foundation! That solid foundation starts up front with good offensive lineman.

“I feel like they sky is the limit,” Love said. “We’re only expecting to go up. We’re going to really be concentrating on first and foremost, finishing the season successfully, in the top four in our division so we can make the playoffs. When you make the playoffs, it begins a new season and it’s win or go home.

Quick Facts about The Upstate Predators

• Minor Professional Football Franchise

• Established in 2015 (going into year 5)

• Owned by the Youngest owner in Rochester’s minor league history (18 yrs. of age)

• We have 6 coaches on staff

• We have 8 active board members

• Total number of players range between 55 -60 players 

• Each season we hold a kids camp for local kids ages range from 4-17

• 3 out of 4 seasons we have made it to the playoffs 

• 2018 first year in NFA championship game 

• 2 time Annual Sandstone Bowl Champions

• Making our first appearance in Florida for a bowl game this upcoming January

Our schedule looks favorable. I feel like we’ve got a good opportunity, going into the 2020 season, we’ve got the potential to go to the National Championship Game.”

The Upstate Predators Developmental Football Team is providing opportunities for athletes to advance to the next level in their professional careers!


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.