Former star CFL receiver Manny Arceneaux makes IFL debut with Frisco Fighters

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It’s the Manny Show — Indoor Football League style.

Manny Arceneaux made his IFL debut with the Frisco Fighters during the team’s second game of the 2021 season. The 33-year-old Arceneaux joined the franchise in April after quarterback Jonathan Bane talked him into it while the two were training together in Texas.

Bane and Arceneaux connected five times for 58 yards, including a 29-yard hookup, in a 34-26 win over the Louisville Xtreme. It was a comeback victory as Frisco trailed 20-13 at halftime and Arceneaux helped energize the Fighters in the second half wearing his familiar No. 84.

The IFL is scheduled to play a 14-game season, exactly the same number of games the CFL is hoping to play in 2021. If the right situation presented itself, Arceneaux would be open to one more go around in Canada.

Arceneaux last played north of the border for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2019. The six-foot-two, 215-pound pass catcher suited up in 11 games, making 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Riders, Arceneaux played 129 games with the B.C. Lions. He recorded 556 receptions for 8,169 yards and 55 touchdowns over eight years on the West coast.

Arceneaux produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons — including a career-high 1,566 yards in 2016 — from 2015-2017. For his efforts, in 2015 and 2016 Arceneaux was named a three-down league all-star.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Arceneaux started his own business training young football players while raising his two boys Deuce and Elijah, and staying in peak physical condition in The Lone Star State.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.