AFL NOTES: With a need to improve their defensive production, the Desperados were looking to add young talent with AFL experience when they signed Hamin Milligan on Oct. 18, 2004. With two years of AFL experience, Milligan knows the nuances of the indoor game. He brings this experience and a knack for making plays – four career interceptions and 20 passes defensed – to the Desperados. He will look to make an immediate impact in Dallas’s defensive backfield after playing for Arizona and Chicago in 2004 and splitting time in San Jose and Arizona in 2003.
AFL 2004: Milligan returned to Arizona and saw time in six games, totaling 32 tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions. He notched 5.5 tackles for the Rattlers in the season opener against Los Angeles (2/8). Against Detroit (2/13), he added six tackles then notched 1.5 tackles and an interception at Carolina (2/21). Milligan registered four tackles against New York (2/29) before adding 4.5 tackles at Las Vegas (3/14). In his last game with Arizona, Milligan posted a career-high 10.5 stops and an interception returned for 15 yards at Colorado (3/27). He was released from Arizona and awarded to New Orleans April 1. The VooDoo traded him to Chicago for Chris Browning on April 5. Through the final eight games of the season, Milligan posted 33.5 tackles and two interceptions for the Rush. In his Chicago debut against Tampa Bay (4/11), Milligan recorded 3.5 tackles. He added four tackles at San Jose (4/16) and against Los Angeles (4/25), then notched five more stops at Detroit (5/2). At Grand Rapids (5/8), he totaled 3.5 stops and an interception before posting five tackles against Dallas (5/16). He added 4.5 stops against Indiana (5/23). In the season finale at Colorado (5/30), Milligan notched three stops and an interception.
AFL 2003: Milligan made his AFL debut with the San Jose SaberCats and totaled six tackles and three passes defensed. After signing with San Jose midway through the season, Milligan saw his first AFL action against Detroit (4/12) and recorded three tackles. He added three more stops against Indiana (4/19) but was released the following week. He signed with Arizona prior to Week 14 and, in one regular season game for the Rattlers, posted two tackles and two pass breakups in the season finale at Colorado (5/18). He played in all four postseason games, making 16 stops and five pass deflections.
COLLEGE: Milligan played in 19 games during his two years at Houston, finishing his Cougar career with 101 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed. 2001 – Starting nine-of-11 games, Milligan finished fourth on the team with 70 tackles, including four for losses, and one fumble recovery. 2000 – After missing the first three games recovering from knee surgery, Milligan worked his way into the lineup and started the final five games. He posted 31 tackles, one sack and three passes defensed. 1999 – After transferring to Houston from Garden City, Kan., Community College, Milligan sat out the entire season after undergoing knee surgery. 1998 – Milligan earned first-team NJCAA All-America honors at Garden City. He was voted the top defensive back in the conference as a team captain during his sophomore campaign.
PERSONAL: Milligan was named as an impact player for the Coconut Creek High School football team in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Milligan’s younger brother, Hanik is a safety for the San Diego Chargers.