Nagy has new home in AFL

Matt Nagy

After stints with New York, Carolina and Georgia, Columbus will be Nagy’s fourth stop in his successful six-year AFL career.

“And hopefully it will end here,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t want to be a journeyman.”

Nagy, 28, was traded for Mike Sutton, a two-way lineman.

“Columbus is a great franchise,” said Nagy, who was in Ohio last week to pick up his playbook and to check out the Destroyers’ facilities.

The 6-2, 220-pounder is set to report to Columbus in early February to prep for the season.

“When I played for Carolina we actually played the first game ever in Columbus, and they had like 18,000 jam-packed fans,” Nagy said.

“I could hardly call the plays. I remember thinking that it would be a great atmosphere to play in. So this is definitely exciting for me.”

Nagy enjoyed a pair of exciting seasons in Georgia, where he led the Force to the playoffs the last two years, including a trip to ArenaBowl two years ago.

Last season the former Barons’ star set single-season franchise marks for passing yards (4,265), completions (372), attempts (527) and TD passes (85), and he led the AFL in passing efficiency (125.5).

Nagy is also Georgia’s franchise record-holder for career passing yards (7,268), completions (632), attempts (960) and TD passes (151).

But he said he was OK leaving Georgia after some in-house issues flared up midway though last season, when the Force went 8-8 and won one playoff game.

Columbus, which is coached by Doug Kay, also went 8-8 last year.

“The coaches in Georgia wanted to go in a different direction, and that was tough because I loved Georgia,” Nagy said.

“I really thought Georgia would be my home, but some things happened. So I’m very excited to be going to Columbus.”

Nagy was nearly dealt twice before this trade was consummated: at the trading deadline last season, he was rumored to be headed to Philadelphia.

And he said Las Vegas inquired about a possible deal this summer.

But when Columbus called, he was sold.

“They said they wanted me,” Nagy said, “and that’s all I needed to hear.”

Nagy also said that he’ll continue to explore his options for a possible spot with an NFL team for another year or two.

“I still have the bug in me,” he said. “I’m not sure what I’m not doing right to at least get into an NFL camp. So that’s a little discouraging.

“But I love the Arena League, and I’ll have no problem playing in the Arena League until I’m 35 or 36 years old.”

He’s just hoping he won’t have to change his address too many more times.