New Football League Draws Strong Ratings, But Faces Long Odds

Yolanda Curtis
February 13, 2019

By running reruns of the games on NFL Network, it would appear that the NFL is going to counter that, and maybe turn it into a developmental league.

Still, there are eight former Notre Dame players on AAF rosters.

The competition has been dubbed an "up-tempo slimline style of football" and features the following eight teams; San Diego Fleet, San Antonio Commanders, Atlanta Legends, Orlando Apollos, Memphis Express, Birmingham Iron, Salt Lake Stallions, Arizona Hotshots. Singletary is one of the greatest linebackers in history and coached the San Francisco 49ers for a spell.

K Nick Folk, still just 34-years-old, drilled 53-yard field goal.

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9, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) had its debut with two inaugural games.

For full coverage of the AAF, including top 10 plays of the league and 7-10 minute match highlights, you can subscribe to YouTube channel AAF Zone.

Here are some notable names.

The American Alliance of Football is only getting attention because of one big hit and the Philly Special being run. Took time to greet fans and give his gloves to a couple of kids. Week two will be hard for the Express again, going up against quarterback John Wolford and the Arizona Hotshots. He connected with receiver Rashad Ross for two touchdowns, and Ross had a team-best 103 yards. Ervin Phillips, who was with Bucs this past preseason, had two for 14.

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The Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert led the home team to a pair of touchdowns on two of the team's first three drives. CBS Sports Network will broadcast a game once a week throughout the duration of the 10-week season.

There are 12 players that went to Georgia universities for college, including former Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray. The Jets never had any faith in his abilities and he bounced around to the Oakland Raiders, Philly Eagles and Bengals in 2018.

Richardson finished his AAF debut with 58 rushing yards on 23 carries and a pair of rushing touchdowns, as well as catching a two-point conversion. Then he was out the league. The future is still yet to be written for the AAF but one thing is for certain.

In his senior season at Wake Forest, Wolford threw for 3,192 yards and 29 touchdowns to set single-season records. Of course, the AAF isn't exactly interested in competing with the National Football League, which is part of why they operate after the National Football League season ends.

Watchable. That was the term used to describe the first week. Cons - Were not as polished as Orl. Because NFL teams use this period to evaluate needs on their team and how they can construct a financially-viable roster for the following season, they cannot only look at drafting college players to fill position needs, but will perhaps also consider signing AAF players who are having particularly good seasons against almost-as-good competition.

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