AAF Opens With Strong Ratings In Debut Saturday

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The Orlando Apollo's and The Alliance of American Football have recently been making big headlines.

The AAF's leadership board features multiple former National Football League players.

The NFL season might be over, but America hasn't gotten enough of football.

"That was a great atmosphere", said the league's other co-founder, longtime NFL executive Bill Polian.


The matchup features a Stallions team with former National Football League players such as running back's Branden Oliver and Matt Asiata.

There were some refreshing twists to the AAF brand of football, which does aim to complement, not compete with, the NFL. The first two games in league history will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. and will be shown on CBS.

Because of the constant pressure of an National Football League team calling for top talent, it can be hard to predict who's going to be on the field for each AAF team in any given week. He went 10-for-23 with 87 yards and one interception. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating.

When the Legends take the Spectrum Stadium field against Steve Spurrier's Orlando Apollos, however, they'll do so with a head coach who's held that position for only a month, and they also won't have the offensive coordinator they expected after Michael Vick stepped down this week.


As of the AAF's opening weekend, the only former Saints player on the Memphis roster was linebacker Davis Tull, a UT-Chattanooga graduate who was waived in 2016.

With only eight teams in the AAF there's a lot of pressure to get off to a good start.

Richardson briefly played in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders but could not re-join them in the fall because he would have lost custody of his children.

"I'd just like to be a story of growth", Ebersol said.


"We're disappointed", Legends coach Kevin Coyle said.

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