From Pirate to Viking: Worley to join ECSU football program

Was an all-league pick at Perquimans

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Perquimans senior Wayne Worley was a three-year starter on the line for the Pirates.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Monday, May 8, 2017

HERTFORD — Perquimans lineman Wayne Worley put in work both on and off the field.

His efforts landed the senior lineman a spot on the Elizabeth City State football team.

Worley held his signing ceremony at Perquimans High School on Monday.

“This day means a lot to me,” Worley said.

What helped in his decision was he received an academic and athletic financial aid assistance from the university.

Worley noted that the financial aid package from ECSU made his decision pretty easy.

Worley, who played on both offensive and defensive lines during his time with the Pirates, expects to earn time as a long snapper.

He has been long snapping full time for the Pirates since his junior season.

Worley credited former Perquimans long snapper Landon Symons for helping him learn the ropes.

“He was a big help in teaching me how to long snap,” Worley said. 

Down the line, an opportunity to play on either line or linebacker for ECSU is an option.

Putting in hard work isn’t new to Worley.

Perquimans interim football coach Aaron Burke said the Vikings are getting a dedicated football player.

“Not just on the field, but in the classroom,” Burke said. “His work ethic is remarkable.” 

The coach added that early on Worley had to learn what it took to be a varsity player and by his sophomore season, was a starter.

Elvin James, who served as Worley’s coach for three seasons before Burke, was in attendance at the signing.

‘I am truly proud of his accomplishment,” James said. 

What was more important to James is that when football is done, Worley has the tools to be successful away from the game.

As an ECSU alum, seeing Worley become a Viking added a touch more satisfaction to James.

Worley was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Pirates.

In his final season with Perquimans, Worley was an all-Coastal 10 Conference selection and a Daily Advance All-Area team pick.

Perquimans posted a 6-6 record last season and appeared in the 1A state playoffs.

ECSU went 5-5 last season.