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VICK HEADLINES EXPERIENCED COACHING STAFF FOR ATLANTA

Childress Adds Experienced Group to Coach Legends Along with Vick ATLANTA, Ga. – October 9, 2018 – The Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football have named nine additional assistant coaches to join head coach Brad Childress’ inaugural staff. Michael Vick had been previously announced as the Legends’ offensive coordinator. The Legends have added Kevin Coyle (defensive coordinator/secondary), Jim Hofher (quarterbacks/wide receivers), Pete Metzelaars (offensive line), John Johnson (running backs), Corey Woods (tight ends) and Leroy Thompson (defensive line) to the coaching staff in the new professional football league. Miles Robinson (offensive assistant) and Tyler Anderson (defensive assistant) will serve in quality control roles. “This was a very unique opportunity for me to get back into coaching. I’ve been privileged in my 30-year coaching career to be around some of the top coaching minds,” said Childress. “When I was looking to put together my staff in Atlanta, I wanted to find a good mix of experience. This group of coaches in Atlanta have coached and played in the NFL and coached and played in Arena football. These coaches are going to give our players a great opportunity to excel at each of their positions.” “Offensively, we’re going to be a fast paced, up tempo variation of the west coast offense that Michael Vick played in and will now coach in, stretching people from sideline to sideline. Defensively, we’re going to be physical and aggressive. We’re going to have a fun brand of football for our Atlanta Legend fans.” Kevin Coyle, Defensive Coordinator / Secondary A 17-year veteran of the NFL, Coyle will join the Legends after serving as a defensive analyst for LSU. The former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator most recently spent two seasons coaching the secondary for the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2016, Cincinnati finished just one interception short of the NFL lead with 17, and defensive backs accounted for 13 of those picks. He also brings college experience serving as a defensive coordinator at Fresno State, Maryland, Syracuse and Holy Cross. Jim Hofher, Quarterbacks / Wide Receivers Hofher owns 37 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 13 years as a head coach in Division I. He is in his third season as an offensive analyst for the Iowa State football staff. Hofher has served as a head coach twice during his career, leading Buffalo for five seasons from 2001-05 and Cornell for eight seasons in 1990-97. He holds the highest winning percentage by a coach in Cornell’s modern history and he led Buffalo to the program’s first-ever wins over opponents from the Big East (Rutgers and UConn), Conference USA (Central Florida) and independent schools (Army). Pete Metzelaars, Offensive Line Metzelaars enjoyed a 16-year playing career at tight end in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. He played in four Super Bowls with the Bills. Metzelaars coached in the NFL 11 years after his playing career, winning a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts. He also has coached high school and in NFL Europe. John Johnson, Running Backs Johnson has coached at the collegiate level since 2009. He was a three-year letterman […]

Over Five Hundred Players Signed to The Alliance

The Alliance of American Football has reached a milestone in player acquisition, signing over 500 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season. The mark was surpassed with the latest batch of signings highlighted below, bringing the total to 515 players signed to contracts. “As we get closer to our first snap on February 9th, our experienced general managers and personnel teams have been working around the clock to build their rosters and offer players a chance to begin, extend or revitalize their careers,” said Bill Polian, co-founder, The Alliance. “I know the pressure and dedication that goes into building a championship-caliber team and it’s been exciting to see our rosters fill up with talented athletes that have come from all over the country – from small universities in the Midwest to powerhouse SEC schools and successful NFL franchises. They are all vying for another shot in professional football.” “Each day, when I see the personnel notice come across my desk, I’m reminded of why The Alliance is a league of opportunity — these players deserve a chance to continue their football careers and I’m honored they chose The Alliance,” said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder, The Alliance. “With our Super Bowl champion league executives, our best-in-class coaches and general managers, these players will take the field in February prepared and supported by those who have been there before them with an opportunity to compete at a high level in front of passionate, engaged fans. We welcome these 515 players to The Alliance.” Rosters Arizona Hotshots Atlanta Legends Birmingham Iron Memphis Express Orlando Apollos Salt Lake Stallions San Antonio Commanders San Diego Fleet

Introducing the Atlanta Legends

Vick chases title as Legends’ offensive coordinator

By Joel Poiley Michael Vick always respected the mentors and coaches who helped him throughout his college and professional football career. They left such an impression, that as Vick’s impressive 13-year career wound down, he realized he wanted to help young players the same way. He expressed that interest when he played for Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and Reid, now coaching in Kansas City, invited Vick to assist during the Chiefs’ 2017 training camp. As good fortune had it, former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress was helping Reid as an offensive analyst and assistant coach. Childress and Vick had a pre-existing bond, and when Childress was named head coach for the Atlanta franchise of the Alliance of American Footbal this last April, he knew Vick was a great fit as his offensive coordinator. “First of all, he’s a great, great competitor. I respect that fact,” Childress said about Vick. “Having coached against him, he has jumped us a couple times. And we jumped on him a couple times. So there’s that camaraderie there. “Last year, Andy brought him in as a coaching assistant for training camp. When he spoke in the quarterback room, everybody from Alex Smith to Chase Daniel to anybody who was in there, they all turned and listened. “It was obvious the respect he commanded. He knew our offense and could spit it out verbatim. So I’m very excited to have him as our offensive coordinator.” For Vick, getting his first full-time coaching opportunity with Childress, in the city he starred in the first six years of his dynamic career, made perfect sense. “My heart is really into teaching the game of football,” Vick said. “I feel like I’ve learned so much from so many great coaches over the years. I would definitely love to work with young quarterbacks and develop them and compete for a championship. “(The Alliance) is a process about what it takes to become a complete football player, on and off the field. You’re not in college anymore; you’re not going to class. Your full-time job is football. And that creates structure for you.” “But at the same time, you have to know what you want out of the game. As players and coaches, we’ve all experienced the importance of being a professional. That’s a responsibility we take seriously, and we look forward to watching these young men grow from college to pro and continue their careers as long as they want.”     Childress said he’s looking forward to working with Vick because their coaching styles mesh well. “Just having been out there, behind everything, he’s going to have an idea what our guys can do and he’ll know when to call a screen, when to call a draw and when to run by the corner because he [the cornerback] can’t run,” Childress said. Sometimes players who achieved at an extraordinarily high level – which Vick definitely did –  have difficulty translating that knowledge to next-generation players. But Vick, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft, is all in on the transition from player to coach. “Now I can watch […]

The Atlanta Legends: Here to make history!

By Mark Newman The Atlanta Legends. Perfect. Think of Hank Aaron, Bobby Jones, Bill Elliott, Alan Jackson, Gladys Knight, Herschel Walker, Michael Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy Carter, Stone Mountain, Dominique Wilkins, Ty Cobb, Michael Vick, Ted Turner, Uga, peanuts, pecans, peaches, sweet tea and Vidalia onions. Think of Muhammad Ali lighting the 1996 Olympic flame and touching the hearts of everyone around the world while shining a light on Georgia, or a piano player from Albany named Ray Charles who had everyone singing about moonlight through the pines. Introducing the Atlanta Legends, one of eight new teams in The Alliance of American Football. The Legends will be ready to roll next February, the weekend immediately following the Super Bowl in – you guessed it, Atlanta. In a salute to so much hallowed history, the team is all in on its new name, announced Thursday morning. “We certainly feel Legends is an appropriate nickname for a team associated with Atlanta — a city where legends are quite literally made,” said David Livingston, President of the Atlanta Legends. “So many great personalities, stories and interesting slices of Americana have come out of Atlanta over the years with one of the richest histories in the country. The name symbolizes a larger-than-life identity and in many ways, our players and fans will embody that same passion each week in purple, gold and white.” This is where Legends are made, where larger-than-life greatness happens. The name goes beyond sports. The name covers Georgia as a whole. Its people persevere, they go big. Whether it’s the agriculture, the majestic Appalachian Mountains, the jaw-dropping Atlantic coast or the importance in the Civil Rights movement, there is no disputing Atlanta’s connections to Legends of all kinds. Look no farther than the team’s coaching staff. Vick is the Legends’ offensive coordinator under head coach Brad Childress. “We have one of the greatest legends in the history of professional football in our offensive coordinator, Michael Vick,” Livingston said. “Along with the head coach, Brad Childress, a storied coach who has spent half his life shaping young men in the NFL, they are going to put together a roster and a program that will present one of the most entertaining football shows in a city that is hungry for more football. We want to meet that expectation every single game.” This is the way of the Atlanta Legends. Greatness goes through here.

Childress ‘Can’t Wait’ to Lead Way in Atlanta

By Dinn Mann Brad Childress is fired up, ready to give Atlanta fans a new, exciting professional football team to cheer beginning in February. “I can’t wait to get started,” Childress, coach of Atlanta’s new team in The Alliance of American Football, said last weekend. “I wish we could start tomorrow.” The Alliance has signed hundreds of players to compete in the eight-team field, and the season starts precisely when football previously has been pulled off the table, after Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, fittingly). Childress, 62, loves the timing of it all.  “It has a great chance to stem the tide,” Childress said. “All of the sudden, there is football to watch until the first of May.” And make no mistake, the quality of the football in The Alliance will not only feature unprecedented player access technologically, it will be played by regionally popular athletes, household names to fans in their respective areas. Competing in the East with Atlanta are Orlando (coached by Steve Spurrier), Birmingham (coached by Tim Lewis) and Memphis (coached by Mike Singletary). The West features Mike Martz coaching in San Diego, Rick Neuheisel in Phoenix, Dennis Erickson in Salt Lake and Mike Riley in San Antonio. Childress fits right in with that Who’s-Who lineup of head coaches. What he’s even more enthusiastic about are the players. “The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a coach is waive people,” Childress said. “When you can help somebody fulfill a dream, it’s a great situation. “The types of guys we’re giving a chance are going to give everything in their power to get a look, to hang on, to get to play in this league. “What I’ve found in coaching over the course of 40 years is if you can give players a tip or a point or get them to understand a coverage or something like that, they’re forever grateful, they’re hungry and they’re going to play hard for you.” Childress’ resume speaks for itself. Having been part of three NFL franchises that made the playoffs (Minnesota, Kansas City, and Philadelphia), Childress has proven schemes and plays that produce a lot of points. Among his pro highlights, Childress was quarterbacks coach of the Eagles under Andy Reid beginning in 1999, then served as offensive coordinator from 2002-2005. During his tenure in Philadelphia, the Eagles posted a 70-42 record (.625), captured four consecutive NFC East Division titles (2001-04) and advanced to the postseason five consecutive seasons (2000-04). Philadelphia also represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. Childress led a group that ranked in the top 10 in total offense twice, amassed more than 5,000 yards each season and averaged 333.8 yards per game. In 2006, Childress was hired as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He guided them to a 39-35 (.527) regular season record as the team won consecutive NFC North division titles (2008-09) for the first time in 28 years (1977-78). Displaying a powerful running game, the Vikings posted the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL (136.1 yards per game) and the third-best average per rush attempt […]

THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL NAMES TEAM PRESIDENTS

New Professional Football League Names Seven Team Presidents for Atlanta, Birmingham, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego and Salt Lake City SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 28, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has named seven team Presidents who will lead all business operations for The Alliance in their respective cities. The Alliance announced that David Livingston (Atlanta), Tom Ward (Birmingham), Mike Waddell (Orlando), Scott Brubaker (Phoenix), Tyler Howell (Salt Lake City), Vic Gregovits (San Antonio) and Jeff Garner (San Diego) are joining Alliance Memphis team president Kosha Irby, who was announced in May, in the new professional football league. “As we began our journey to find the right leader for each organization, we had a specific set of criteria that we felt was uniquely specific to each city,” said Tom Veit, head of business operations, The Alliance. “Ultimately we were able to find an incredible group of team presidents that possess the intellect, leadership, and strategic mindset necessary to build our alliance.” “As we expand our footprint in each of our eight Alliance markets, our team presidents will build thoughtful community partnerships to ensure we are active and engaged members building lasting and meaningful relationships.” Among the additions announced today are respected executives in a variety of sports and entertainment fields which include: ATLANTA: As an experienced marketer with a career forged building brand programs and platforms connected to sports and entertainment, W. David Livingston joins Alliance Atlanta from Comcast Spectacor’s Spectra Venue Management team where he served as director, national corporate partnerships. Livingston also spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and 15 years leading sales and business development for IMG Golf in Cleveland. He began his career in brand management at Procter and Gamble. BIRMINGHAM: A well-rounded and results-driven sports executive with 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, partnership, broadcasting, arena/stadium naming rights and business development, Tom Ward joins Alliance Birmingham after serving as the senior vice president, brand, community, partnership development for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Ward is a veteran award-winning storyteller who has played an integral role in the launching of multiple professional sports franchises and opening arenas and stadiums. ORLANDO: A veteran professional sports and college athletics administrator, Mike Waddell joins Alliance Orlando after spending the previous two years as vice president of Richmond Raceway. In his role with NASCAR, Waddell’s responsibilities included oversight over all marketing, ticketing, strategic communications, creative, digital strategy, eaSports and fan engagement operations for the raceway, which operates as one of the 12 motorsports facilities of International Speedway Corporation. PHOENIX: A well-respected sports sponsorship sales professional with deep Arizona roots, Scott Brubaker joins Alliance Phoenix from Learfield bringing with him more than 30 years of experience. While with Learfield, Brubaker held a variety of senior roles within the company across multiple properties, the last of which was vice president, national sales located in Chicago and Atlanta. SALT LAKE CITY: A veteran sports industry sales professional with over 20 years in leadership experience, Tyler Howell joins Alliance Salt Lake City following an impressive stint with the Portland Trail Blazers. During his time in Portland, Howell had […]

THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL ADDS 105 PLAYERS

The Alliance Signs 105 Players to Contracts for the 2019 Inaugural Season Beginning February 9, 2019 Latest Signings Bring League Total to 205 Players SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 17, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed the following 105 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season: