DES MOINES, Iowa: As long as the phone keeps ringing, Travis Partridge will keep slinging the football around.
The mantra is pretty simple for the former Missouri Western All-American quarterback, who wrapped up his first season in the Indoor Football League playing for the Iowa Barnstormers at the Wells Fargo Center.
In the same dome that became the start of the Kurt Warner story, Partridge is continuing to build his resume.
“As soon as my phone stops ringing, that is when I’ll hang it up and coach,” Partridge said after a three-touchdown showing in a 48-41 loss to Cedar Rapids. “Each opportunity has taken passed a window to coach. It makes sense to keep playing because there are no coaching jobs there. As far as my career, I will keep playing until my phone stops ringing.”
His time, while brief with Iowa, allowed him to showcase his talent throwing and running — which may open the door for another job down the road.
In those five games with the Barnstormers, the Savannah product posted the best numbers among the other IFL quarterbacks in the same time span.
Partridge racked up 1,135 yards — making him the third quarterback on the Barnstormers to pass for more than 1,000 yards. He passed for 17 touchdowns, ran for seven scores and completed 99 of 166 passes on the 50-yard field in this league.
In a 73-54 loss to Wichita Falls in the penultimate game of the season, Partridge passed for five touchdowns on 22 of 34 for 265 yards, while running for three scores. The eight-TD day broke his personal record, which stood at seven from a 2012 playoff win against Minnesota-Duluth.
Injuries opened the door for Partridge to become the third quarterback this season for Iowa and his indoctrination into the IFL became rather quick. Just weeks after a mini camp tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs, Partridge got a call on a Tuesday. That Friday, he made his first start, wearing No. 14.
The journey became another chance to showcase the talents that saw him win multiple awards playing for Western and for his father, Jerry.
There were some differences in the IFL. Along with the smaller-than-normal field, there are only eight players.
“It feels like North Andrew vs. Mound City, or something,” Partridge joked after Saturday’s game. “This made sense for the moment. After the Chiefs mini camp, I was out of the loop for the CFL (Canadian Football League); a little late to play there. Five weeks is a perfect time. It was interesting. It is different, just different.”
After taking off his football pads for possibly the final time with Iowa, Partridge and his teammates walked onto the turf to sign autographs. He signed everything from posters, footballs and shirts to programs that featured a black silhouette for his team mugshot.
He had a young girl ask for a selfie after signing an autograph, a request that elicited him to tell his younger sister, Lindsey, who watched the game with their parents.