Jeff Hurlburt pictured

Jeff Hurlburt is a busy guy. The 27-year-old Alaska Native is married with four children. He’s a full-time graduate student studying physical education at Central Connecticut State University. He also works full-time for the state as a mental health worker at Connecticut Valley Hospital: and now he’s kicking off the first season of the newly created Middletown Spartans, a semi-pro football team in the New England Football League.

Hurlburt, a Dena’ina Athabascan whose family is from the village of Tyonek, Alaska, was recently awarded ownership of the NEFL expansion team by the league’s board of directors.

The NEFL is the largest semi-pro football league in the country, with 38 teams in all six New England states and three different skill levels.

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