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Thursday, September 23, 1999
New Jersey Red Dogs acquire Barry Wagner from OrlandoEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Barry Wagner, the Arena Football League's six-time Ironman of the Year award winner, was acquired by the New Jersey Red Dogs on Thursday in a deal that sent receiver-defensive back Alvin Ashley to the Orlando Predators.
Orlando, which lost the Arena Bowl to Albany (N.Y.) this summer, also will receiver a player to be named later in exchange for the receiver-defensive back who is the league's all-time leading scorer.
"It is quite possibly the biggest trade in league history," Red Dogs coach Frank Mattiace said. "Barry will bring a lot of different things to the table for us in every facet of his game. Perhaps Barry's biggest asset is that he knows what it takes to win a championship and his presence will certainly make New Jersey contenders for this upcoming season."
Wagner won the league's Ironman award from 1992-97. He was also MVP in 1995 and '97. He is the league's leading scorer with 1,766 career points and receiver with 9,493 career yards. He is second in receptions (651), receiving touchdowns (210) and all-purpose yardage (14,981).
The Red Dogs missed the playoffs last season for the first time in their three-year history.