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AAF: The Not So Minor Football League

Football doesn’t have to be over! The Alliance of American Football, is here to cure your post NFL blues!

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AAF: The Not So Minor Football League


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Football ended last Sunday with a giant, underwhelming thud. Or did it? On Saturday, February 9th, the Atlanta Legends will visit Spectrum Stadium in Orlando to take on the Apollos in a brand new league called the AAF, the Alliance of American Football.

Their season starts at 8:00pm on CBS with two games. This new league is sure to cure the post NCAA/NFL blues. You won’t want to miss the inaugural season.

What is the AAF?

To put it in simple terms, it’s minor league football. The AAF was founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian and announced its launch last March. The mission of the league is clear, “The Alliance of American Football is high-quality professional football fueled by a dynamic Alliance between players, fans and the game”.

The AAF takes relatively well-known college and, at one time, pro-players to create a new, 8 team professional football league. It is a chance for some to showcase their abilities to make it back to the NFL, or for players passed on by the NFL to be pioneers of a great new league. Players of the league are set to make around $75,000, with some pulling in 3 year deals worth $250,000.

Eight cities will represent the AAF in the inaugural season, which includes: Orlando, Atlanta, San Diego, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Memphis, Birmingham, and Tempe. The uniforms were designed and produced by Starter Clothing Line and they look great!

The regular season will be 10 weeks long and includes 40 games. The playoffs are set to take two weeks, culminating in a championship game in Las Vegas. CBS, Bleacher Report Live, TNT, and the NFL Network will air games all season long. The league is currently developing an app entitled Alliance that will allow fans to bet on games while watching them at the same time.

Teams of the AAF

Arizona Hotshots

The Hotshots are coached by Rick Neuheisel and led at QB by ex-Oklahoma standout Trevor Knight. The team believes they have the best defensive front in the league, led by ex-Arizona State standout Will Sutton. They will play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of ASU in Tempe, Arizona. Vegas has the Hotshots with the best odds to win the title this year.

Orlando Apollos

The Apollos are coached by none other than the legend himself, Steve Spurrier, and will be led by ex-Carolina Panther Garrett Gilbert at QB. They will play their home games at Spectrum Stadium, aka the Bounce House, at UCF in Orlando, Florida. CBS currently ranks them 2nd in it’s pre-season power rankings.

San Antonio Commanders

The Commanders are coached by Mike Riley and have drafted themselves a very fast offense highlighted by players like Greg Ward Jr and David Cobb. Cobb was an NFL RB for two years and Ward Jr. is a lethal athlete who played college ball at Houston and is famous for beating FSU in the Peach Bowl. They could lead the AAF in scoring this year and will play their homes games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Salt Lake Stallions

The Stallions are coached by Dennis Erickson, who arguably has the most coaching experience between the NFL and NCAA in the AAF. They will be led at QB by ex-South Florida and NFL backup B.J. Daniels. Alongside him they will feature ex-Minnesota Viking RB Matt Asiata. The Stallions will play their home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Atlanta Legends

The Legends might be the most exciting team heading into the season. They will be coached by Kevin Coyle and led by former Georgia Bulldog star Aaron Murray at QB. On top of that, they have assigned Michael Vick as Offensive Coordinator. This should be a fun team to watch. The Legends home games will be played at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Birmingham Iron

The Iron are coached by Tim Lewis and led by ex-Alabama QB Blake Sims and ex-Alabama RB Trent Richardson. Roll Tide! They have a sleek Blackout uniform combo and are said to be a very well-rounded team. The Iron play their home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

San Diego Fleet

#AllHandsOnDeck for the coolest uniforms in the AAF. The San Diego Fleet are coached by Mike Martz. They once had NFL QB Josh Johnson on their roster until he was picked up by the Redskins. Nonetheless, they are riddled with talented players like, ex-Tennessee Titan RB Bishop Sankey and ex-Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar. The Fleet will play their home games at San Diego County Credit Card Union Stadium. What a name!

Memphis Express

The Express are coached by Mike Singletary and are led by ex-New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg and ex-Rams RB Zac Stacy. This team will feature a run first type of offense that will hope to wear down opposing D-Lines. The Express will play their home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.

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