HOUSTON, TX – (April 16, 2020) – Former Denver Broncos and Texas Longhorns defensive tackle, Paul Boyette Jr., recently signed with the Japan X-League’s All Mitsubishi Lions, where he is set to play in the 2020 season. Boyette Jr., a native of Houston, Texas, will bring NFL caliber to Japan’s professional football league, opening the channel for other former and aspiring NFL players to play internationally.

“This is a special and unique opportunity. Not only for Paul to have the chance to continue his football career and to experience a new culture, but also for the many other football players who would like additional opportunities outside the NFL, CFL and XFL.” Said Leif Rogers, CEO of Red Phoenix Entertainment. “We’re also very proud that the Houston sports scene is continuing to play a pivotal role in bridging American sports with Asia.”

Leif Rogers

Japan’s X-League, founded in 1971, is Japan’s premier American football league. Boyette Jr. will be playing in the league’s top tier, where the All Mitsubishi Lions team, based in Tokyo, competes against seven other teams from across Japan.

Boyette Jr.’s signing marks a significant turning point for the X-League, as it becomes an attractive and competitive option for American football players to continue their careers post- college. Boyette Jr. will look to bring his NFL and BIG-12 pedigree onto the fields of Japan and will undoubtedly experience a life-changing cultural experience in the process.

“I would like to thank the entire Mitsubishi corporation for giving me this great opportunity to represent them.” Said Paul Boyette Jr. “I look forward to being a leader on the field, as well as off the field in the community. I’m excited to get to Japan and meet my teammates and peers, and most importantly the fans of Mitsubishi. Go Lions!”

Paul Boyette Jr.


About Red Phoenix Entertainment

RPE is a global sports firm, based in Houston, Texas, dedicated to connecting the American sports and entertainment industries with emerging global markets. RPE bridges American athletes, sport organizations and entertainers with global companies in order to expand sponsorships, branding and market presence.

About All Mitsubishi Lions

The All Mitsubishi Lions is an American football corporate team located in Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 2003, they are a member of Japan’s top-level American football association called the X-league. All-Mitsubishi Lions team is managed jointly by three companies, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Tokio Marine Insurance firm, and Mitsubishi Electric.

About Paul Boyette Jr.

Paul Boyette Jr., a five-year defensive lineman for the Texas Longhorns, played in 42 career games with eight starts and totaled 100 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks in his career. He graduated with a degree in Physical Culture and Sports with a minor in Education. An active member of his community, Paul regularly mentors youth in his hometown of Humble, Texas, and coaches young aspiring football players for the Texas Footwork Bengals 7on7 team.


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