A new football league called the Alliance of American Football has kicked off this weekend is already taking over the spring sports landscape. The league is a developmental farm system that will be used to complement the NFL by retooling players that flamed out at football’s highest level or are looking to break into the NFL.
The AAF was founded by former NFL seasoned executives Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian this past March and has a leadership board including former NFL players Jared Allen, Hines Ward, and Troy Polamalu.
The league features eight teams scatted across the U.S., seven of which that have some familiar faces from the Philadelphia Eagles looking to revive their football careers. The pool of former Eagles talent includes Penn State’s former quarterback Christian Hackenberg and wide receiver Josh Huff who was cut from the Eagles after three seasons due to a run-in with the law.
The AAF hosts some big-time names from the past five years of the NFL as well including third overall pick Trent Richardson, two former Titans in Zach Mettenberger and Bishop Sankey, and a few former coaches from the NFL such as Mike Singletary and Steve Spurrier.
Below is a list of some of the other notable former Eagles:
- Arizona Hotshots – WR Josh Huff, WR Freddie Martino, CB Dexter McDougle
- Atlanta Legends – QB Aaron Murray, DB Ed Reyolds
- Birmingham Iron – none
- Memphis Express – QB Christian Hackenberg
- Orlando Apollos – S Jerome Couplin III
- Salt Lake Stallions – DB C.J. Smith
- San Antonio Commanders – WR Greg Ward Jr., CB De’Vonte Bausby
- San Diego Fleet – CB Ron Brooks
The AFF will be broadcasted on the CBS Sports Network throughout the spring. For highlights, team information and schedule info, you can follow them on Twitter @TheAAF. For Now, we’ll leave you with a little Philly flavor from last night’s opening weekend:
— The Alliance (@TheAAF) February 10, 2019