Frank grew up in Los Banos, California and played 3 years for San Jose State, leading the NCAA in tackles with 173, in 2017. Unfortunately, Frank went undrafted but was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals before being waived and picked up by the Dolphins. Playing in the preseason for the Dolphins before being cut at the end of preseason was a huge hit for Ginda. Frank has used the challenges getting into the NFL to keep working his tail off.
His agent presented a new idea to play in the AAF to get more film tape to show future NFL teams. Dave Boller, General Manager of the San Diego Fleet, contacted him and invited him to a workout. Before he knew it, he was back into a training camp only having 4 weeks to build chemistry with his teammates and learn the playbook.
For a lot of people that would be quite difficult but as Frank explains “we all just bought into the system and we all dialled in and knew how much we wanted to play in the NFL. There were guys that played multiple years, there were guys that played preseason like I did and there were guys that didn’t play at all. Everybody bought into the system and bought into the playbook.” Essentially sharing that one big goal makes building the connection crucial.
Because the league is brand new, it is often hard to prepare for an opponent with no film. To combat this Frank mentioned to me that the coaching staff for the Fleet are not only the ones giving ideas but also players to share knowledge and ideas with each other and the coaching staff to ensure come game day, the entire team is as ready can be.
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Aside from getting an NFL call up, everybody wants to win a championship. The Fleet still have a chance to make it the AAF championship.
“Before games, during games and after games that is all anyone talks about as it would be the best possible way to kickstart the San Diego Fleet as an organisation.”
Right now Frank is showing what a force he can be on defence with 25 tackles, 1 for a loss and a forced fumble that was returned for 6 points. In his first start on March 2 at Memphis, Ginda set the Alliance single-game record with 15 tackles (still stands through six weeks). If Frank could say one thing to NFL teams and scouts, he wants them to know “I don’t have much to say other than I am willing to give everything I have for my brothers on the field. Winning is all I know!”
This week you can catch Frank Ginda and the Fleet going up against the Arizona Hotshots. If you’re in Arizona, drop everything and go cheer for your San Diego Fleet.