ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Albany Empire announced that Malachi Jones has signed with the team to finish the 2021 season with the 3-0, first-place Albany Empire. “There’s no better person out there on or off the field. If you don’t like Malachi then you don’t like puppies or Santa Claus. Every great Empire needs an Air Force and now we have ours.” Said head coach Tom Menas on the signing of Jones.

Jones was previously a member of AFL Albany Empire in 2018 and 2019 and helped lead the 2019 team to an Arena Bowl championship. Most recently Jones played in the Canadian Football League as a wide receiver for The Montreal Alouettes. Malachi was invited to The Atlanta Falcons mini camp in 2016 and The Chicago Bears mini camp in 2018. In Jones’ time with the Empire, he scored 54 touchdowns, had 2,596 receiving yards, and averaged 15 yards per catch. Malachi Jones played collegiate football at Appalachian State University.

It was announced earlier this week that the capacity at Times Union Center has been increased to 100%. Beginning this week all seats are for sale for the remaining home games with not social distancing. Fans will still be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result for entrance to the building, and all unvaccinated fans will be required to wear masks. Check online For the most up-to-date Times Union Center guidelines.

Tickets for the July 17 home game against New Jersey are on sale now. Game time is 7 p.m., and the block party starts at 5 p.m.