Albert Jon Middendorff

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Albert Jon Middendorff
(Kodiak Bear, F/G)
ID# 20
AJ Middendorff.jpg
Illustrated by AsterionBlazing
No. 5 – Pittsburgh Keystones
Position Swingfur
Species Kodiak Bear ( Ursidae )
Gender Male
Big Jon
Lightning Al
Personal information
Born (1990-09-08) September 8, 1990 (age 32)
Sitka, AK
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 208 lb (94 kg)
Shoots Right
Career information
School Ursa State University
FBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Biloxi Voodoo
Pro playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013-2015 Biloxi Voodoo
2015-2018 Arizona Whips
2018-2020 Montana Howlers
2020-2022 Winnipeg Voyageurs
Dec. 29 2022 - present Pittsburgh Keystones
Career highlights and awards
  • FBA Rookie All-Star (2014)
Contract information
Contract year 2022
2023 Salary $1 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent (none)
(OOC) Creator Muddypaws
(OOC) Actor Muddypaws
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

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Albert Jon Middendorff was ranked #18 in the 2013 Draft Candidate Combine.


Albert Jon Middendorff is the eldest son of Arctos & Sylvia Middendorff. Albert Jon (aka, "Big Jon" or "Lightning Al" to his school buddies) was born September 8, 1990 in Sitka, Alaska. His father, Arctos is a commercial fisherman out of Sitka, and his mother, Sylvia is a stay-at-home mom. As the eldest of three, Al's two younger siblings are a brother, James Edward and their youngest sister, Alex Lynne; ages 18 and 15 respectively.

When Albert was 10, and still in elementary school he got interested in sports. Living in a fishing town, he was initially attracted to swimming, and by the time he was a freshman in high school, in 2004, he got the nickname of "Lightning Al" due to his speed in the pool. But, like any young man, he wanted to try other sports, and through a chance conversation with a friend, tried out for the high school basketball team. The coaches had a hard time placing Al.

Though he hadn't quite finished growing he was just under 6 foot, and was dismal for the Center position. After trying out for the other positions (PG, SG, and PF) the staff felt his playing skill was better suited to Small Forward. It was a good choice and "Lightning Al" was fast on his feet, slim, though still just below the minimum average height of 6ft. 6in.. But, being eager (and begging a bit) he was finally permitted to play, and by the time of his Junior year he'd grown to the final height of 6ft. 6.75 inches. Albert is a strong player, and he was awarded a local scholarship, that eventually lead him to attend Ursa State University.

While at Ursa he began to study Mathematics and Engineering, but he couldn't keep off the court. For him, it was more relaxing to work up a sweat on the court. It didn't take long for him to try out for the school team, and by the end of the second year "Big Jon" as many started calling him, was very skilled as a SF (and could play PF, FG and PG in a pinch). His drive to be the best on the court is both personal and professional.

From the personal side, he loves the game, and even for the occasional loss he loves the camaraderie; "Better than getting your pelt wet too" he's said in reference to having been a swimmer.

From the professional end, he'd love to apply his engineering skills to improve the very courts he plays on, but then there's the MONEY factor. He know's a that a good shot at playing professionally could give his family a leg-up, paying off bills and sending his siblings to college as well. That selflessness is just another reason some call him "Big Jon" due to his big heart.