Rolo still trying to
make it as a pro

By Nick Abramo

Nick Rolovich is working out twice a week with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.

So far, though, the SaberCats haven't signed the 6-foot-1, 193-pound former Hawaii QB.

The SaberCats went 16-1 and won the AFL title in August, but starting QB John Dutton signed with the expansion Colorado Crush last Wednesday.

Rolovich, who led the Warriors to a 9-3 season a year ago, hasn't lost sight of his goal to play in the NFL. He made it to the last round of cuts and played in some preseason games for the Denver Broncos.

"Nobody (in the NFL) needs quarterbacks right now, but I would love to have another tryout," Rolovich said yesterday.

"I work out with the SaberCats on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I'm learning a lot. It's (arena football) a different game."

Rolovich is also helping as a quarterbacks and receivers coach with his brother Jack's San Marin High School team.

And Nick's learning coachspeak: "Jack's doing real good. We're coming off a big loss, but we'll come back," he said.

Nick Rolovich isn't officially playing on a football team for the first time since junior high, and he misses it.

"I was so close to making it (in the NFL), but now I know how good everyone is there, and I think I can play and compete.

"I was disappointed (when he was cut), but I also gained a lot of confidence when coaches (Mike) Shanahan and (Gary) Kubiak told me they thought I could play. It's a tough business."

Rolovich has been impressed with Hawaii's season so far, and he watches whenever the Warriors are televised in the Northern California area.

"I went to the Fresno game and they showed a lot of heart to win that one because it's a tough place to play," he said.

San Jose doesn't start its season until February, so being invited to train with them early may be a sign the SaberCats will eventually sign him.

"I really like the coaches and the guys on the team," Rolovich said. "I'll be trying to fight my way in there."

Darnell Arceneaux, the Hawaiian Islanders starting quarterback in arenafootball2, has been working for a tryout with the SaberCats as well.

Arceneaux has a tryout set up with the Los Angeles Avengers of the AFL on Dec. 5.

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