by Nic Ryder

The Cedar Rapids River Kings have signed quarterback Ben Wilkerson to its 2019 roster. 

Wilkerson (6’3”, 220) is a European Football veteran, having played three seasons overseas. He’s played for the Finnish Maple League's Seinäjoki Crocodiles, and the German Football League’s Munich Cowboys and the Franken Knights. Of the 35 games he played in Europe, Wilkerson started in all 35. 

Coming out of college, Wilkerson appeared in 14 games in two seasons as the quarterback of the Alfred State Pioneers in Alfred, New York. His senior season he was named 2nd team All-USCAA, passing for 1,212 yards and nine touchdowns, playing in just eight games. 

Also as a senior, Wilkerson averaged 151.5 yards per game, completing 55.6% of his throws. As a junior he had a completion percentage of 52.3%. 

He was a preseason All-American and invited to the Division III Senior Scout Bowl. Wilkerson joined the Knights after he graduated from Alfred State in 2016. 

Wilkerson is originally from Buffalo, New York, and attended Fayette-Ware High School in Somerville, Tennessee. 

Additional Transactions (January 3rd, 2019) - Ricarlo Bell, DL, Sean Brown, OL, Carlif Taylor, DL - released. 

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The Cedar Rapids River Kings (formerly the Titans) will take the field for their eighth season of operations in 2019 and their first under the new ownership of Roy Choi and Matt Stone with General Manager Ryan Eucker at the helm. Cedar Rapids joined the IFL as an expansion team in the 2012 season. They play their home games at the U.S. Cellular Center and have made four playoff appearances (2013-16) with two trips to the conference championship game (2013, 2014). Tickets and Partnerships are available for the 2019 season. For more information visit goriverkings.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@goriverkings).


The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its eleventh season of play in the spring of 2019 and is led by Commissioner Mike Allshouse. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. It’s member teams are located from Phoenix, Arizona to Green Bay Wisconsin. For more information about all things IFL, visit goifl.com or call the league office at 804-643-7277.