Salt Lake Stallions News

Hotshots First Round Selection Draws on Family Influence, Prior Arizona Football Experience

By. Kaci Demarest, Arizona Hotshots Content Manager  As Trevor Knight waited backstage at the The Alliance of American Football Protect or Pick Quarterback Draft, he didn’t know how the evening would shake out but he was excited to get started in whatever city he ended up in. “I had the chance to spend time with every team at our QB minicamp in San Antonio,” Knight said. “I was really excited with the Arizona staff and what they’re planning on the offensive side of the ball.” During the first round, the Arizona Hotshots picked Knight because they liked his athleticism at the position. Arizona Hotshots General Manager Phil Savage thought he was the total package for their first selection. “From a physical standpoint, he’s got plenty of arm strength,” Savage said. “He’s a very good athlete.  He’s extremely fast. He ran a 4.54 at the combine when he came out for the [NFL] draft a few years ago.” With the draft in the rearview mirror and the inaugural season coming up quick, Knight’s looking forward to returning to his hometown of San Antonio for the month. “Getting to play ball back in your home city is special,” Knight said. “I’ll get to see a lot of different people that have shaped the path of my football career.” Those people include his twin brother, Connor, and his dad, who was the first person he called after he found out he was heading back to Arizona. “He was always around, whether he was a coach or getting into school ball he was always there on the sidelines,” Knight said. “I’ve always shared a pretty unique bond in sports and just life. He’s definitely one of my heroes so of course he was one of the first people I called after I got drafted.” Connor has been right beside Trevor for the majority of his football career. The two grew up as a quarterback receiver duo all the way through their days at Oklahoma until Trevor transferred to Texas A&M his senior year. “It was one of the things that made that decision so difficult for me because I had never been away from my brother before, never played on a team that he wasn’t a part of,” Knight said. The experience turned out to be beneficial because he was able to get off the field and call up his brother or turn on the TV to watch him play. Leading up to the inaugural season, Knight’s stayed busy off the field as well finishing his master’s from Texas A&M in Business Management ahead of mini camp in Phoenix. He said he’s looking forward to return to the Valley where he previously spent a stint with the Arizona Cardinals. “I loved Arizona when I was out there the first time, and I didn’t ever think I would be back,” Knight said. “I’m excited to have another opportunity to come back.” With the start of the season closing in, Savage is looking forward to seeing what Knight can really do at the helm of the Hotshots offense. “When you take the intangibles and the natural […]

The Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football Announce Full Coaching Staff

The Alliance of American Football’s Orlando Apollos announced today the addition of three assistant coaches, rounding out the staff of 10 coaches who will join head coach Steve Spurrier’s staff for the 2019 inaugural season beginning February 9 when The Apollos take the field against The Atlanta Legends. The Apollos have added Bob Sanders (defensive coordinator), Nick Rapone (defensive backs) and Scott Spurrier (tight ends) to the team’s coaching staff in the new professional league. The other seven Apollos assistant coaches were announced in November. “Now that we have our full coaching staff in place, it’s time for us to get to work towards bringing the city of Orlando a championship,” said Steve Spurrier, head coach, The Orlando Apollos. “We will be hosting our first-ever mini camp this week preparing our players for the league-wide training camp in San Antonio in January with our first snap on February 9, 2019 against The Atlanta Legends.” Bob Sanders, Defensive Coordinator Sanders has spent 14 of his 39 seasons coaching football next to Steve Spurrier and rejoins the Head Ball Coach on his Apollos coaching staff. Sanders coached in the NFL from 2001-17 for five different franchises – the Miami Dolphins (2001-04), Green Bay Packers (2005-08), Buffalo Bills (2009-12), Oakland Raiders (2013-14) and Arizona Cardinals (2015-17). Notably, Sanders served as defensive coordinator for the Packers from 2006-08 helping the team to a 27-21 record in that span and an appearance in the 2007 NFC Championship Game. Prior to the NFL, Sanders coached in the collegiate ranks on a full-time basis from 1980-2000, including stints under Spurrier at Duke University from 1987-89 and the University of Florida from 1990-2000 where he helped the Gators win the 1996 National Championship. His full coaching resume at the collegiate level includes stops at Georgia Tech (part-time, 1978), East Carolina University (1980-82), the University of Richmond (1983-84), Duke (1985-89) and Florida (1990-2000). Nick Rapone, Defensive Backs Rapone carries 41 years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and professional levels to Coach Spurrier’s inaugural Apollos coaching staff. After starting out as a graduate assistant with the University of Pittsburgh (1979-80), Rapone navigated to East Tennessee State University (1981-82) and Temple University (1983-88) before returning to Pittsburgh from 1989-92. He would then spend two years as the head coach at his high school alma mater, New Castle (PA) High School, from 1993-94. Rapone returned to the collegiate ranks as defensive coordinator for the University of Connecticut for three years (1995-98) before going back to Temple and taking over the secondary from 1999-2005. In 2006, Rapone made the move to the University of Delaware where he stayed from 2006-12, helping the Blue Hens to national championship appearances in 2007 and 2010 and earning 2010 FootballScoop NCAA Division I FCS Coordinator of the Year honors. He would take his talents to the professional level with the Arizona Cardinals coaching defensive backs from 2013-17 before ultimately returning to coach the cornerbacks at Delaware in 2018. Scott Spurrier, Tight Ends The youngest son of The Apollos’ Head Ball Coach, Scott Spurrier reunites with his father on the sidelines in Orlando. Spurrier spent the […]

QB Aaron Murray Expects an “Awesome Season” for the Legends

By Dinn Mann Quarterback Aaron Murray is here to remind you that football season in Atlanta doesn’t end after the college bowl games or even after the Super Bowl. That’s because The Alliance of American Football’s inaugural season begins Feb. 9 with the Atlanta Legends visiting the Orlando Apollos, coached by Steve Spurrier. The eight-team league has a 10-week schedule and four-team playoff format that culminates in a Las Vegas title game in April. “I’m excited to be back in Atlanta, playing for the Legends,” Murray said after Atlanta landed the former Georgia QB in this winter’s “Protect or Pick” QB Draft. “We’ve got Brad Childress as our head coach, Michael Vick as the OC. I can’t wait to see Legends fans at our home field, Georgia State Stadium, and on the road.” “It’s going to be an awesome season.” The Legends play in the Eastern Conference, which includes Atlanta, Birmingham Iron (coached by Tim Lewis), the Memphis Express (coached by Mike Singletary) and the Orlando Apollos. The Western Conference is made up of the Arizona Hotshots (coached by Rick Neuheisel), the Salt Lake Stallions (coached by Dennis Erickson), the San Antonio Commanders (coached by Mike Riley) and the San Diego Fleet (coached by Mike Martz). The Legends will face their conference rivals home and away, as well as play two Western teams in Atlanta and two in their venues. Tickets are on sale now, here on the official site of the Atlanta Legends. Mini-camp for the Legends started this week. Training camp begins in January in San Antonio.

The Alliance Announces its First Weekend Game Times

By Kareem Yasin Football season ends in February? We think not. The Alliance of American Football launches its inaugural 10-week season one weekend after the Super Bowl, and game times for the first weekend’s match-ups have just been announced. Who will come out victorious when our 8 teams take the field for the very first time? Which teams will come out on top when they meet for the very first time? Saturday, Feb. 9 Atlanta Legends vs. Orlando Apollos Where: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL When: 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT) San Diego Fleet vs. San Antonio Commanders Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX When: 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT) Sunday, Feb. 10 Memphis Express vs. Birmingham Iron Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL When: 2:00pm ET (1:00pm CT) Salt Lake Stallions vs. Arizona Hotshots Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ When: 4:00pm ET (2:00pm AZ) Who will win those first week games? Tune in or be there to see it live: season tickets available now!

Salt Lake Stallions Set To Kickoff At Rice-Eccles Stadium in Spring 2019

Following an exciting fall season of football in Utah, the state’s newest professional sports team is ramping up to give local and regional football fans a united hometown team to get behind. It can’t come soon enough for the hungry fans in Utah, who have been long divided by local college ties and those who are starved for gridiron action after the college bowl season and Super Bowl Sunday passes. Playing a total of five home games in the inaugural season, the Salt Lake Stallions will take to the turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium beginning in late February 2019, with four Saturday games and one Friday night game to close out the regular season on April 12th. (Full game schedule here. Kickoff times TBA.) As the most northern team in The Alliance, the toughness of the Stallions and local fans in attendance should make the rest of the country take notice of how seriously the Wasatch region takes its passion for quality football. Colder temps and the possibility of snow during games won’t stop fans from coming out for games, as those who flock to Provo, Logan and SLC for collegiate play and to Sandy for RSL games in late fall and early March can attest. The Stallions will be banking on this as a home field advantage over its southern, warm-weather opponents: the Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, Memphis Express, San Diego Fleet and the San Antonio Commanders, who will play indoors at the famed Alamodome. Adding to the challenge for the competition will be the high altitude of the stadium, clocking in at 4,637 feet above sea level. After a round of playoffs to determine the Western and Eastern Conference Division champions, the winners will head to nearby Las Vegas to face off during The Alliance championship weekend April 26-28, 2019. Meet the Salt Lake Stallions The Alliance of American Football created a system of regional player allocation as they stacked talent on each new team in the league. “That’s one of the really exciting things about the league. If they played at Utah State or Utah or BYU, we get their first rights,” Team President Tyler Howell told KSL news at the team’s uniform unveiling event. “To have guys like Jeremiah (Poutasi) or Cardon (Malan) here from Utah and Weber State is awesome; there’s already a fanbase built. We already have four years of loyalty to these guys, so we get to just extend that.” As a result, the Stallions’ player roster features a number of players that Utahns will recognize from their snaps as a BYU Cougar, Utah Ute, Utah State Aggie, alongside a few from Southern Utah University and Weber State, all coming together on one team to represent the state’s passion for quality football. In addition, they’ll get support from teammates who played for Idaho, Oregon and Colorado State. The roster is also rounded out with talent coming to Utah, fresh from other top collegiate programs (Arkansas, Nebraska, Purdue, Duke and Virginia Tech) and veteran players with professional experience playing on NFL teams and in other pro leagues. Heading into a December mini-camp here in Salt […]

Results: The Alliance of American Football Inaugural Quarterback Draft

By Dinn Mann (Photo: Benjamin Brinker) The Alliance of American Football’s inaugural Quarterback Draft aired on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday night, showcasing some of the faces hoping to lead the league’s eight teams when the historic first season begins in February. Coaches, GMs, media, fans, friends and family gathered at the HypeX eSports Arena in Las Vegas, and the Alliance’s unique “Protect or Pick” event was part of a breakthrough day of festivities from coast to coast. Riding the wave of uniform and helmet unveilings earlier in the day, the first-of-its-kind draft format had an intriguing twist in the first round. It called for teams to “protect” one of the players allocated to them in advance (based on regional ties) or “pick” a player from another territory. The San Diego Fleet had first dibs, with GM Dave Boller and coach Mike Martz calling the shots. They chose to protect a quarterback with ties to the region, the University of San Diego’s Josh Johnson, as their number one selection. On hand for the historic occasion was Johnson’s cousin, Super Bowl-winning running back Marshawn Lynch. It was a magical moment, Johnson said, to be introduced on live TV by Hall of Famer Kurt Warner as the Alliance’s number one quarterback pick, and then be greeted on stage by Super Bowl hero Hines Ward, as well as Martz, a Vince Lombardi Trophy winner himself. Doesn’t get much better than that! We’ll let Johnson’s tweet speak for itself: SD I’m back!!!!!!! Juiced to go #1 to the @AAFFleet return to familiar stopping grounds and start building to win ASAP. Thanks @TheAAF @DaveB_AAF for letting be apart of this history #SDFleet #protectorpick pic.twitter.com/huTKWDzyhR — Head8cke (@Fam1stFamilyQB) November 28, 2018 Drafted by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round in 2008, Johnson spent time playing for the Jets, Browns, 49ers, Raiders, and Giants. But now, he’s back in San Diego and eager to get reps on an exciting spring stage. The Alliance begins its inaugural season the weekend after the upcoming Super Bowl. Here’s how the rest of the draft played out: ROUND 1: San Diego Fleet (Protect): Josh Johnson, San Diego Atlanta Legends (Protect): Aaron Murray, Georgia Memphis Express (Protect): Troy Cook, University Tennessee at Martin San Antonio Commanders (Protect): Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M Birmingham Iron (Pick): Luis Perez, Texas A&M-Commerce Arizona Hotshots (Pick): Trevor Knight, Texas A&M Orlando Apollos (Pick): Garrett Gilbert, Southern Methodist Salt Lake Stallions (Pick): Josh Woodrum, Liberty ROUND 2: San Diego Fleet: Mike Bercovici, Arizona State Birmingham Iron: Blake Sims, Alabama Arizona Hotshots: John Wolford, Wake Forest Orlando Apollos: Stephen Morris, Miami Atlanta Legends: Matt Simms, Tennessee Salt Lake Stallions: B.J. Daniels, South Florida Memphis Express: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State San Antonio Commanders: Marquise Williams, North Carolina ROUND 3: San Antonio Commanders: Logan Woodside, Toledo Memphis Express: Brandon Silvers, Troy Salt Lake Stallions: Austin Allen, Arkansas Atlanta Legends: Peter Pujals, Holy Cross Orlando Apollos: Austin Appleby, Purdue Arizona Hotshots: Quinn McQueary, Montana Tech Birmingham Iron: Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin San Diego Fleet: Philip Nelson, East Carolina ROUND 4: San Antonio Commanders: Dalton Sturm, Texas-San Antonio Memphis Express: Zach Mettenberger, LSU Salt Lake Stallions: Matt Linehan, Idaho Atlanta Legends: […]

The Alliance of American Football Unveils its Inaugural Uniforms

By Kareem Yasin New league, new look! The Alliance of American Football has unveiled the uniforms for its inaugural season, kicking off on February 9, 2019.  Designed by Starter and produced by G-III Sports, these uniforms feature color combinations and designs specifically chosen for each Alliance team. Each captures the unique spirit of the cities our teams are representing and the fierce dynamism of the league’s players. The uniforms feature stretch characteristics and twill used in the torso and numbers allowing for a professional, modern fit. They also include helmets and shoulder pads designed by Riddell, whose SpeedFlex and Speed platforms have a proven track-record of exceptional performance and on-field protection. Orlando Apollos: Like the Greek god of the sun, the sunshine state’s Apollos uniform is a testament to power and energy, using navy blue and orange to reflect the warm Florida sunshine. Atlanta Legends: The purple, white, and gold sported by the Legends capture the rich heritage of Atlanta, a city where legends are made. Birmingham Iron: The colors of Birmingham Iron are black, dark grey, and light grey, derived from the three elements used to make steel, namely: iron ore, coal, and flux. Memphis Express: Memphis is the birthplace of rock and roll and home to the nation’s biggest cargo airport. What better colors to represent it than the unmistakably American red, white, and blue? San Antonio Commanders: The state of Texas is represented by the color red, with maroon capturing San Antonio and silver referencing the dress military swords carried by officers. Arizona Hotshots: Inspired by the uniforms worn by many hotshot crews, the Arizona Hotshots uniform colors are a fitting orange, golden yellow, and forest green. San Diego Fleet: The anthracite gray of the San Diego Fleet uniforms represents the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet, complemented by the battleship gray of Navy ships and the warm yellows of the California sun. Salt Lake Stallions: You can almost see the silver tips of the Wasatch Mountains amidst the royal blue of Utah’s great salt lake in the Salt Lake Stallions’ uniform, while the team logo resembles a car hood reflecting the city’s fastest and most famous cars. The Alliance of American Football starts February 9, 2019 on CBS.  

LIVE: The Alliance of American Football Quarterback Draft

By Kareem Yasin and Dinn Mann It’s the kind of occasion that simulates a quarterback’s adrenaline rush during a game-winning drive. The Alliance of American Football is conducting its inaugural “Protect or Pick” QB Draft at 8ET/5PT tonight on CBS Sports Network, live from Las Vegas. More than 50 aspiring pro quarterbacks progressed through the scouting process after tryouts, combines and an elite camp to reach this point. A couple handfuls of those players are attending the draft, each hoping to become faces of franchises when the spring league’s historic first season begins the weekend after the upcoming Super Bowl. The site of the QB Draft is Las Vegas’ HyperX Esports Arena, where attendees will wait for their chance to join host Hines Ward, head of player relations for The Alliance, on stage as the unique process unfolds. “The quarterback position is critical to a team’s success, so we knew the importance of making sure each Alliance team had a top-tier quarterback at the helm,” said Alliance co-founder Bill Polian, explaining how league coaches, front office executives and CEO/co-founder Charlie Ebersol collectively agreed on the format. The league’s “Protect or Pick” draft approach begins with a round in which teams have the option of claiming (“protecting”) a player for whom that team had first dibs based on geographic proximity. The alternative is to “pick” a player from another region if, say, a competitor’s territory had a surplus of talent or a prospect more specifically aligned with a coach’s style of play. Regardless of the way a team chooses to go, each of the 8 teams will complete the first round with a QB to call its own. The intrigue only grows from there as rival teams conceivably will pounce on quarterbacks that for whatever reason became available to push for starting jobs in regions beyond their first-dib footprints. The Draft, with live analysis from NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, will last 4 rounds, with teams protecting/picking in the following order: San Diego Fleet Birmingham Iron Arizona Hotshots Orlando Apollos Atlanta Legends Salt Lake Stallions Memphis Express San Antonio Commanders If a team opts to pick instead of protect, it stays in this order after all who’ve protected voice those decisions. The draft order was determined with each team pulling a number from a helmet. The second, third and fourth rounds have no protect element, so it’s purely picking after Round 1. The order goes as listed above in Round 2. It reverses in Round 3, then snakes back in the fourth round. Check back for updates as the drumroll builds throughout today’s festivities, which also include unveilings of uniforms for each of the eight teams: the Arizona Hotshots (coached by Rick Neuheisel), Atlanta Legends (Brad Childress), Birmingham Iron (Tim Lewis), Memphis Express (Mike Singletary), Orlando Apollos (Steve Spurrier), Salt Lake Stallions (Dennis Erickson), San Antonio Express (Mike Riley) and San Diego Fleet (Mike Martz). ROUND 1: Protect or Pick San Diego Fleet, Atlanta Legends, Memphis Express, and San Antonio Commanders elected to protect. Protect: San Diego Fleet protects: Josh Johnson Atlanta Legends protects: Aaron Murray Memphis Express protects: Troy Cook San […]

QB Camp – Road to the Draft

The Alliance QB hopefuls take the field at the San Antonio Alamodome. Photo by Ben Brinker.  QB Camp – Road to the Draft By Kareem Yasin The Alliance of American Football launches in February, the weekend after the Super Bowl, which means hundreds of players — all hungry for their pro football breakthrough — will perform on this inaugural spring stage for 1 of 8 Alliance teams. After more than 1,000 players put their dreams on the line at combines in LA, Houston, and Atlanta in the hopes of making it into The Alliance, more than 50 aspiring quarterbacks took part in an elite-level QB Camp earlier this month in San Antonio. Each QB taking part in the 2-day evaluations at the Alamodome performed dozens of drills that tested speed, agility, concentration and leadership in team settings. This was a competitive platform to showcase their best qualities for coaches and GMs gathered for the purpose of assembling rosters to compete for the Alliance of American Football’s first championship. The Alliance, co-founded by Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol, is conducting its one-of-a-kind “Protect or Pick” QB Draft at 8ET/5PT Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. The unique event will be televised and streamed live by CBS Sports Network. With a lineup of proven, innovative coaches, the stage is set. The Alliance head coaches, as a reminder, are: Brad Childress (Atlanta Legends), Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake Stallions), Tim Lewis (Birmingham Iron), Mike Martz (San Diego Fleet), Rick Neuheisel (Arizona Hotshots), Mike Riley (San Antonio Commanders), Mike Singletary (Memphis Express) and Steve Spurrier (Orlando Apollos). Mini-camps begin in December. Training camps follow in January. The drumroll is on. The quarterbacks are ready for their close-ups. Their teammates will include many familiar faces to fans in The Alliance’s eight initial markets. Players were allocated based on where they made names for themselves at the collegiate levels and in many cases professionally. Tune-in to CBS Sports Network on Tuesday 11/27 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT to watch. Tyler Ferguson of Western Kentucky University: B.J. Daniels, who played 5 seasons with pro NFL teams including the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans: Stephen Morris, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts:   Stephen Garcia of the University of South Carolina:   Tommy Armstrong, Jr. of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:

KURT WARNER NAMED LEAD ANALYST FOR ‘PROTECT OR PICK’ QB DRAFT

Brent Stover and Dana Jacobson to join Warner for Inaugural QB Draft ‘Protect or Pick’ QB Draft Airs Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm ET LIVE on CBS Sports Network SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – November 21, 2018 – Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl champion, MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback, has been named lead analyst for The Alliance of American Football’s “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft, live from the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor on November 27, 2018. Joining Alliance executive and Super Bowl champion Hines Ward, Warner will provide viewers with insight into the quarterback class and dissect each selection, drawing on his 15-year pro career behind center. Alongside Warner will be CBS Sports Network studio host Brent Stover, CBS Sports correspondent and anchor Dana Jacobson and Jason Fisher. CBS Sports Network will televise the first-of-its-kind draft for The Alliance at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT. “The Alliance represents an amazing opportunity for these quarterbacks to begin, extend or revitalize their pro careers,” said Kurt Warner. “They faced adversity and are out to prove themselves, now they have a shot to show what they can do. Having gone undrafted and overlooked, I can relate to their pursuit. I look forward to seeing how this unique draft unfolds and who rises to the top during the inaugural season of The Alliance.” 52 Alliance-signed quarterbacks will be eligible for the “Protect or Pick” draft with additional players being added. Full list can be found here. The “Protect or Pick” draft format begins with each team deciding if they want to protect one quarterback that has been allocated to them from their region. If a team elects to protect, they name the player they are protecting as their first selection in the draft. If they decide to pick, they wait until every other team has made their decision. Once each team makes their decision, the teams that elected to not protect a player make their selection, in the order of the draft, from the remaining pool of all available quarterbacks regardless of region. All selected quarterbacks must be under contract to The Alliance at the time of the draft. The Alliance quarterback draft will be comprised of four rounds. The San Diego Fleet have the first pick in the draft, followed by the Birmingham Iron, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, Atlanta Legends, Salt Lake Stallions, Memphis Express and San Antonio Commanders. Quarterbacks are allocated based on where they competed in college. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, he is allocated based on his last NFL/CFL team. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance allocation footprint and he did not play in the NFL or CFL, then he is unallocated. The Alliance’s 2019 and 2020 championship games will be held in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd stadium, with the 2019 championship taking place Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT on CBS. Draft Order Round 1: 1. San Diego Fleet 2. Birmingham Iron 3. Arizona Hotshots 4. Orlando Apollos 5. Atlanta Legends 6. Salt Lake Stallions 7. Memphis Express 8. San Antonio […]

Hines Ward – Player Relations Executive

By Kareem Yasin As a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hines Ward earned two Super Bowl titles, a Super Bowl MVP trophy and made 1,000+ receptions during his 14-year career. Now, he’s mentoring a new generation of up-and-coming pro players in the Alliance of American football. Ward brought his experience and knowledge to The Alliance’s two combines in Atlanta, giving players advice, a listening ear and mentorship that helped them advance through a rigorous set of drills and exercises, all with the idea of earning roster spots at the next level.  

Combines Set Stage for The Alliance

Combines Set Stage for The Alliance By Mark Newman   For 1,155 players who came to compete and give everything they had in four Scouting Combines across the country, it was a golden opportunity to make a lifelong dream come true. Who knows? Some of them might become your favorite players when the Alliance of American Football turns its talent loose starting the weekend after the Super Bowl this February. The Alliance has purposefully and competitively been building rosters in recent months through various means, and one important step was these Combines overseen by league personnel. The events were held in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, Houston on Aug. 18, and in Atlanta on Aug. 25-26. “When we started this, we started with the idea that there were a lot of really good ballers who weren’t getting a shot,” said Charlie Ebersol, CEO and co-founder of The Alliance along with the legendary Bill Polian. “This is about opportunity, this is about not giving up, this is about trying to find those diamonds in the rough.” The Alliance rosters were up to 661 signings for the eight teams as of Nov. 9, and Combine participants went a long way toward reaching that number. They faced tests and positional drills, with defensive players working the morning sessions and offensive players in the afternoons. Tests included height and weight, arm and hand measurements; running the 40, to show burst and acceleration, and speed; 3 Cone, an agility drill that shows body balance, control, burst and acceleration; and standing broad jump to gauge lower-body explosion. “We evaluate not only your athletic ability, we evaluate how you handle yourself,” Stephen Austin, The Alliance Combine Director, told assembled athletes. “At the pro level, you’ve got to have the whole package.” The nation’s top 300 collegiate players go to the NFL Combine each year, and John Aaron, The Alliance Combine Director, noted that “301 to 1,000 are great football players.” That’s the whole point of this new league, which begins play the Saturday and Sunday after the Super Bowl. People want to keep watching football, and there is big-time talent just waiting to fill that void. Tony Softli, Scouting Director for The Alliance, said he expected the Combines to result in roster additions: “What we wanted to see is what talent is out there, what’s out on the street. There has been some talent that we found in this Combine, and it’s been well worth it.” Michael Vick, the Atlanta Legends’ offensive coordinator, was clearly moved by the stories he heard from some of those going through the tests and drills — including the athlete who told him about his 9-to-5 job. “There are guys who played two or three years in the NFL, got cut, went and played in Canada,” Vick said. “These guys better be hungry. This is another chance. This is another shot. Not too many opportunities come around. This is about taking advantage of what’s in the moment.” Former Alabama State cornerback Ronnie Scott was one of those who hoped to take advantage. Many of the Combine participants were names football fans recognize. […]

THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL SIGNS QUARTERBACK AARON MURRAY

Former Georgia Bulldogs and SEC’s All-Time Passing Leader Joins The Alliance with Rights Allocated to The Atlanta Legends San Francisco, Calif. – November 20, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football announced today that quarterback Aaron Murray has signed a player contract with his rights allocated to The Atlanta Legends. Murray, along with the 51 other quarterbacks — and counting, who have signed Alliance contracts, will be eligible for the “Protect or Pick” Quarterback Draft on November 27, 2018 in Las Vegas. The live show will air at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on CBS Sports Network. Murray was a fifth-round NFL draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 after his record-breaking career in Athens, Georgia. The Tampa, Florida native played with the Chiefs for two seasons from 2014-15 working with Legends head coach Brad Childress. Murray also played for the Philadelphia Eagles (2016), Arizona Cardinals (2016) and Los Angeles Rams (2017) during his stint in the NFL. A four-year starter at Georgia, the Bulldogs under Murray’s direction totaled 38 victories during his successful tenure at the helm from 2010-13. His productive junior campaign in 2012 included a second straight SEC East crown en route to a trip to the conference championship game. Murray guided UGA to within eight-yards of capturing an SEC title against Alabama at the Georgia Dome before falling in the final seconds, 32-28. Murray’s signing makes him available for The Alliance of American Football’s “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft scheduled for November 27 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT at the Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor.

THE ALLIANCE TO HOST ‘PROTECT OR PICK’ QB DRAFT ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK

Inaugural QB Draft Scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00pm ET SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 31, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football will hold a “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft, live from the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor on November 27, 2018. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first-of-its-kind draft for The Alliance at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT. Former Super Bowl champion and head of football development for The Alliance, Hines Ward, will host the draft. “From combines held over the summer, to our upcoming quarterback camp in San Antonio, our experienced group of GM’s and scouts from each team continue to be impressed with the level of talent on display and available to them,” said Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football, The Alliance. “Our regional allocation system and the ‘Protect or Pick’ draft format were designed to strike a competitive balance across the league and fuel local market interest. The quarterback position is critical to a team’s success, so we knew the importance of making sure each Alliance team had a top-tier quarterback at the helm. We’re confident this group represents the best available players in the market. They are looking forward to the opportunity to begin, extend or revitalize their professional careers, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help them succeed on and off the field.” The “Protect or Pick” draft format begins with each team deciding if they want to protect one quarterback that has been allocated to them from their region. If a team elects to protect, they name the player they are protecting as their first selection in the draft. If they decide to pick, they wait until every other team has made their decision. Once each team makes their decision, the teams that elected to not protect a player make their selection, in the order of the draft, from the remaining pool of all available quarterbacks regardless of region. All selected quarterbacks must be under contract to The Alliance at the time of the draft. The Alliance quarterback draft will be comprised of four rounds. The San Diego Fleet have the first pick in the draft, followed by the Birmingham Iron, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, Atlanta Legends, Salt Lake Stallions, Memphis Express and San Antonio Commanders. “We look forward to working closely with CBS Sports Network to tell the stories behind this amazing group of talented, determined and motivated quarterbacks — live from Las Vegas,” said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO, The Alliance. “Our unique ‘Protect or Pick’ format adds intrigue to our first-ever live broadcast while ensuring we stay true to our guiding principles of putting high quality football on the field and creating strong, authentic connections with our local market fans by keeping hometown favorites, home.” Quarterbacks are allocated based on where they competed in college. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, he is allocated based on his last NFL/CFL team. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance allocation footprint and he did not play in the NFL or CFL, then he is unallocated. The Alliance […]

Orlando Apollos in force as College GameDay comes to UCF

By Joel Poiley ORLANDO – As University of Central Florida (UCF) fans whipped themselves into a frenzy in front of the ESPN College GameDay crew here Saturday, Orlando Apollos vice president of marketing and strategic communications Mike Harris pictured the excitement the Apollos will offer when they begin play in the Alliance of American Football’s inaugural season against Atlanta on Feb. 9. Like UCF, the Apollos will play their home games at Spectrum Stadium. Harris is taking aim to fill the 44,000-seat venue for the Steve Spurrier-led Apollos. “We want the stadium sold out for game number one so we can show people just how much football means to this city,” Harris said. “The energy that the UCF fans have is tremendous. They call it The Bounce House because they make the place bounce all night long. That’s one of the things we want to bring to our games. They’ll be exciting. We’ll have the head ball coach with his Fun-and-Gun fast-paced style of offense we think the fans will enjoy.” Orlando’s sales team has been aggressive, with events like Saturday’s presence scheduled throughout November to give out schedules, swag and information to drum up interest in the new team and league. The effort has paid off in the two weeks tickets have been on sale, but there’s more work to be done. Harris and his staff, soaking in the scene around unbeaten UCF’s 38-13 victory over Cincinnati, know the interest is there. “Even today, we had people coming up to our table saying they heard about us and want to know more about the league and were buying season tickets,” Harris said. “People love football here, that’s why there are all the college bowl games here, the Pro Bowl did well here … it’s a football hotbed. “People are excited we’re in town. We’re trying to engage the community and develop a one-on-one relationship where our fans are connected to the Apollos. Just like our ad says, football season doesn’t have to end after the Super Bowl.” That mantra, which The Alliance co-founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol has trumpeted since introducing The Alliance in March, is resonating with fans. Give them quality play on the field and they will come. The UCF game Saturday was televised nationally, and similarly, the Apollos will open on the prime-time stage, on CBS. Austin Bosch, 25, attended the University of Mississippi and now lives in St. Petersburg. He said he gladly will make the trip to Orlando to watch pro football in the spring. “For sure I’d come over here because I love football,” Bosch said. “It’s such a cool thing because there were so many players that we loved watching in college that maybe didn’t make it in such a tight roster spot in the NFL, and this give us a second chance to watch them again.” His buddy, 27-year-old Wade Russom, works in downtown Orlando and said he likes how The Alliance fills the football void after the NFL season. “Plus, it’s great to see the head ball coach coaching again,” Russom said. “I love that guy and his style of play.” Bo Armstrong, an Orlando business owner, said he is interested in purchasing season tickets to help support the area’s newest professional sports franchise. “With us being a local business, we do everything […]

32 PLAYERS SIGN NEW CONTRACTS WITH THE ALLIANCE

The Alliance Signed 32 Additional Players to Contracts for the 2019 Inaugural Season Beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS   SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – November 9, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed the following 32 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season bringing the league total to 661 players signed: Team Last First Pos College ARIZONA Johnson Steven LB Kansas ARIZONA Moore Rahim DB UCLA ATLANTA Howard Bug WR North Carolina ATLANTA Motuapuaka Andrew LB Virginia Tech ATLANTA Simmons Antonio DE Georgia Tech BIRMINGHAM Brown Leon G Alabama BIRMINGHAM Etta-Tawo Amba WR Maryland BIRMINGHAM Faulk Jeremy DL Garden City CC BIRMINGHAM Fry Elliott K South Carolina BIRMINGHAM Saxton Wes TE South Alabama BIRMINGHAM Schleuger Chris G Alabama-Birmingham MEMPHIS East Andrew LS Vanderbilt MEMPHIS Stribling Channing DB Michigan ORLANDO Eatmon Quinterrius T South Florida ORLANDO Myers Mark DB Southeastern (FL) SALT LAKE Anderson Dres WR Utah SALT LAKE Jennings Adonis WR Temple SALT LAKE Robertson Korey WR Southern Mississippi SAN ANTONIO Ayers Demarcus WR Houston SAN ANTONIO Porter Mo T Baylor SAN ANTONIO Williams Jaboree LB Wake Forest SAN ANTONIO Wren Erick C Oklahoma SAN DIEGO Barrett Alex DT San Diego State SAN DIEGO Fleer Austin T Colorado-Mesa SAN DIEGO Kolone Jeremiah T San Jose State SAN DIEGO Lewis Kyle WR Cal Poly SAN DIEGO Lotuleli John LB Nevada-Las Vegas SAN DIEGO Okeke Tobenna LB Fresno State SAN DIEGO Owusu Francis WR Stanford SAN DIEGO Pericak Will G Colorado   *ALL QUARTERBACKS WHO HAVE SIGNED WITH THE ALLIANCE HAVE RECEIVED ROSTER EXEMPTIONS AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A QUARTERBACK DRAFT WHICH WILL OCCUR ON NOVEMBER 27, 2018 IN LAS VEGAS. Last First Pos College *Tolzien Scott QB Wisconsin *Hackenberg Christian QB Penn State   THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS’ RIGHTS HAVE BEEN WAIVED BY THEIR ALLIANCE TEAM AND HAVE BECOME FREE AGENTS ELIGIBLE TO SIGN WITH ANY TEAM Last First Pos College Waived By Eugene Dwayne LB Arkansas MEMPHIS Tucker D’Maujeric RB E. New Mexico State MEMPHIS Bell Wilson G Florida State ORLANDO Durant Davon LB Marshall ORLANDO Johnson Drico DB Central Florida ORLANDO Smith Tyler LB South Carolina State ORLANDO

THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL SURPASSES 600 PLAYERS SIGNED

The Alliance Signed 34 Additional Players to Contracts for the 2019 Inaugural Season Beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 26, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed the following 37 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season bringing the league total to 629 players signed: Team Last First Position College ARIZONA Bunche Malcolm T UCLA ARIZONA Langford Ryan LB New Mexico ARIZONA Lucien Devin WR Arizona State ARIZONA Murphy Pace G Northwestern State ARIZONA Symmank Taylor P Texas Tech ARIZONA Yates Rykeem DE Nevada-Reno ATLANTA #Folston Tarean RB Notre Dame ATLANTA Garrett Keyarris WR Tulsa ATLANTA Griffin Corey DB Georgia Tech ATLANTA Holba Colin LS Louisville ATLANTA Jones J.T. DE Miami (OH) ATLANTA Marvin David P Wofford BIRMINGHAM Dickson Xzavier LP Alabama BIRMINGHAM Greene Brandon T Alabama BIRMINGHAM Taylor Devin DE South Carolina ORLANDO Ferris Drew LS Florida ORLANDO Horton Justin LB Jacksonville ORLANDO Price Sean TE South Florida ORLANDO Northrup Reggie LB Florida State ORLANDO #Orndoff Scott TE Pittsburgh ORLANDO Bracy-Williams Marvin WR Florida State SAN ANTONIO Clear Cameron TE Texas A&M SAN ANTONIO Daly Scott LS Notre Dame SAN ANTONIO Mays Boomer LB Northern Illinois SAN ANTONIO Noil Speedy WR Texas A&M SAN ANTONIO Teuhema Maea SE Louisiana SAN ANTONIO Jones-Smith Jaryd T Pittsburgh SAN DIEGO Baugh Marcus TE Ohio State SAN DIEGO Green Darrell G San Diego State SAN DIEGO Irwin-Hill Sam P Arkansas SAN DIEGO James Kendall DB Maine SAN DIEGO Kelly Kameron DB San Diego State SAN DIEGO Montelus John T Notre Dame *ALL QUARTERBACKS WHO HAVE SIGNED WITH THE ALLIANCE HAVE RECEIVED ROSTER EXEMPTIONS AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A QUARTERBACK DRAFT WHICH WILL OCCUR LATER THIS YEAR. Last First Position College *Holman Justin QB Central Florida *Nelson Phillip QB East Carolina *Woodrum Josh QB Liberty

ERICKSON, STALLIONS STACK UP COACHING STAFF

Dennis Erickson Returns to Rice-Eccles Stadium Sidelines with Veteran Staff Salt Lake City, Utah – October 11, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football’s Salt Lake Stallions today announced their full coaching staff under head coach Dennis Erickson for the 2019 inaugural season. Joining head coach Dennis Erickson as he returns to Rice-Eccles stadium for the first time since December of 2016, Donnie Henderson will serve as The Stallion’s defensive coordinator, Tim Lappano as the team’s offensive coordinator and Dan Cozzetto as the offensive line coach. Additionally, Dennis Creehan will work as the linebacker coach, Ronnie Lee as the defensive back coach, Jason Phillips as wide receiver coach and Ronald Fouch as quarterbacks coach. Nick James will serve in a defensive quality control role with Nick Alaimalo as offensive quality control and running back coach while Michael Gray will be The Stallion’s defensive line coach. “As I worked to assemble my staff, I was focused on finding coaches who will embrace the Salt Lake community and provide our players with the best possible experience as we work to build a championship calibre team,” said Dennis Erickson, head coach, Salt Lake Stallions. “We are always looking for ways to help players succeed on and off the field by reaching their full potential and the staff we have curated is uniquely familiar to me and understands what we are going to try and accomplish here in Salt Lake on both sides of the football.” Donnie Henderson, Defensive Coordinator Henderson, a coaching veteran of both the collegiate and professional ranks, most recently served as the defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills (2013-16). Prior to joining the Bills, Henderson coached at Southern University in 2011 and was named the defensive backs coach at Syracuse University in 2012. He has also coached the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens (1999-2003), New York Jets (2004-05), Detroit Lions (2006), Cincinnati Bengals (2007), Jacksonville Jaguars (2008) and Arizona Cardinals (2009-10). Henderson began his coaching career at his alma mater Utah State (1983-88) and then spent a season at the University of Idaho in 1989. He then spent two seasons at California (1990- 91) before joining the Arizona State staff (1992-97). Henderson spent the 1998 season at the University of Houston prior to joining the NFL. Tim Lappano, Offensive Coordinator Lappano brings nearly 40 years of offensive coaching experience to the Stallions most recently serving as the wide receivers coach and interim head coach at Georgia State University (2014-16). Lappano has extensive experience within both college and professional football having spent 16 years with college programs in major conferences. He began his coaching career at his alma mater Idaho (1982-85) and has also coached collegiately at Wyoming (1986, 1996), Washington State (1987-91), California (1992-95) and Purdue (1997). In 1998 Lappano made his way to the NFL joining the staff of the Seattle Seahawks before returning to the college ranks at Oregon State (1999-2002). He returned to the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers (2003-04) prior to joining Washington Redskins (2005-08). Lappano then spent five seasons with the Detroit Lions (2009-2013) prior to joining Georgia State in 2014. Dan Cozzetto, Offensive Line […]

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 Salt Lake Stallions

Erickson has drive to lead Stallions

By Doug Miller Dennis Erickson isn’t big on retirement. The 71-year-old veteran of all things football, college and pro, is getting back in the game after a few years on a different path … one with golf carts. “I got tired of hooking it out of bounds and hitting it right all the time, so I thought I better get back in coaching and have a little bit of fun,” Erickson said recently during a media gathering for the announcement that he’ll be the head coach of the Salt Lake franchise in The Alliance of American Football, which makes its debut this Feb. 9. “Golf gets old after a while.”  Football doesn’t. Not for Erickson, who was the head coach at the University of Idaho from 1982-85 and again in 2006, the University of Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), the University of Miami (1989-94, including national titles in ’89 and ’91), Oregon State (1999-2002) and Arizona State (2007-2011) plus the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks (1995-98) and San Francisco 49ers (2003-04). Got all that? Good. Because there’s about to be more. And, from where Erickson stands, why not? “It’s a chance to work with players again, and enjoy the competition,” Erickson said. “As long as I can do it physically and mentally, I’m going to do it.” When Erickson “retired” on Dec. 30, 2016, after spending four years assisting University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, he immediately started helping his son, Bryce, who was coaching a high school team. By then, he had fallen in love with Salt Lake City and with Rice-Eccles Stadium, where the Utah Utes play their home games in the Pac-12 conference and where the Salt Lake AAF franchise will play its home schedule. “I’m really excited about being here in Salt Lake City,” Erickson said. “The four years I worked here were four great years for me. I know The Alliance will be very successful here. Being out in that stadium and seeing those fans, there’s no better place than this football stadium.” Salt Lake is happy to have him. The team’s general manager, Randy Mueller, is a football lifer, too, having been in the pro game since 1978, when he first showed up as a Seahawks ballboy during training camp in Cheney, Wash. And Erickson said the planning behind The Alliance and the people involved, including co-founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol, co-founder Bill Polian, former players-turned-executives Troy Polamalu, Jared Allen and Justin Tuck and fellow coaches Mike Singletary (Memphis), Steve Spurrier (Orlando), Rick Neuheisel (Arizona), Mike Martz (San Diego), Mike Riley (San Antonio), Tim Lewis (Birmingham) and Brad Childress (Atlanta) has been beyond impressive. Erickson is confident their fingerprints bode well for a successful future.   “It’s people that are in it for the long haul,” Erickson said. Unlike the coach’s experiment with fairways replacing football.

Salt Lake Stallions: Bold new team is born!

By Mark Newman Salt Lake City has always had a bond with horses, both equine and automotive. Now the city has a team with a name that reflects its unique relationship with the history and the future of horsepower. The Salt Lake Stallions are a new team in The Alliance of American Football and begin play in February 2019 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.  The team name became official on Tuesday, and the thinking behind it, naturally, was inspired by local imagery and lore. The new logo is inspired by the hood ornaments that adorned some of the fastest vehicles that raced across Bonneville. The shimmering silver of the whitecap mountaintops blends with the blue Salt Lake sky for a picturesque color scheme. Today’s pro football player is a sight to behold in his stature, exuding confidence and earning fans. The Alliance as a whole is determined to do the same as the country’s favorite sport expands its footprint and calendar at the elite professional level. Head coach Dennis Erickson said recently that “The Alliance is about building a dynamic relationship between players, fans and the game,” and the selection of a team name was one of the first such manifestations. The Alliance invited fans to suggest names on social media in all eight markets. Stallions were the perfect fit. “Our focus on the football side has always been on building the team on the field,” Stallions General Manager Randy Mueller said. “We have been working very hard to put the best group of players together so Coach Erickson and his staff can bring them together and turn the individuals into a ‘team’. Now that we have our identity with name and logo, we hope to bring this same energy to the rest of the Salt Lake area that we have felt internally since Day 1.” The Stallions are about being the fastest on the football field and combining that with equally impressive brute force. That is the Stallion, fast and free, breeding confidence and a winning tradition.

GM eyes team SL ‘can be proud of’

By Doug Miller It’s hard to imagine Randy Mueller knew where his football career would take him when he was a ballboy at Seattle Seahawks training camp in Cheney, Wash., in the summer of 1978. What Mueller does know: Where he is now is exciting and new. Mueller, a veteran of four decades in the NFL, is the new general manager of the new Salt Lake franchise of the new elite-level spring pro-football platform, The Alliance of American Football. When you consider all that preparation in traditional pro football circles, you might find it surprising that Mueller sees The Alliance as a challenge he’s waited his whole career to take on. “Most of us on the football side have been involved with rebuilding franchises before at the NFL level. This has been extremely challenging in that we are doing it from scratch,” Mueller said. “Hopefully it makes it that much more satisfying when it all comes together. Our hope is to give Salt Lake something they can be proud of.” He’s already been there, done that when it comes to assembling successful football teams. He made it all the way from ballboy to Seattle’s vice president of football operations, a job he held until 1999. He was the one who selected future Hall of Fame offensive tackle Walter Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 1997 Draft. Mueller then went on to become GM of Football Operations for the New Orleans Saints in 2000, quickly won the NFC West crown and notched the franchise’s first playoff victory in his first year on the job. Mueller was an NFL analyst on ESPN from 2002-05 before jumping back into the front office of the Miami Dolphins, where he served as GM from 2005-07.  Mueller then went to the Chargers in 2008, and he had been an executive with that team, in San Diego and subsequently Los Angeles until The Alliance called. Mueller jumped at the chance to get involved with the AAF because he believes in the mission and the people involved, from co-founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol to football guru and co-founder Bill Polian to the former NFL players all putting their knowledge and effort into running The Alliance, including Troy Polamalu, Jared Allen and Justin Tuck. He’s already been working hard evaluating players and getting them on the roster, and he says it’s not hard to find high-upside players who can develop and dazzle in The Alliance. Mueller has a veteran head coach at the helm of Salt Lake, Dennis Erickson, and he has a roster full of players he’s excited to see on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the home of the University of Utah and, come February, home of the Salt Lake Stallions. Mueller has been in the communities of Seattle, New Orleans, Miami and Southern California. Now he’s ready for Utah.Mueller said, “we hope to bring this same energy to the rest of the Salt Lake area that we have felt internally since Day 1.”

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:

THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL SIGNS FIRST 100 PLAYERS

New Professional Football League Begins Player Acquisition Process for 2019 Inaugural Season SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 6, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed its first 100 players to compete in the new professional league launching on February 9, 2019. The Alliance recently began the process of offering player contracts to potential prospects following an extensive evaluation process by the personnel staff of The Alliance’s eight teams. “Today marks an exciting step in our journey to providing fans and players with top-flight football in the spring, as we begin to establish a competitive foundation and base of talent that will keep expanding throughout this fall and winter,” explained Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football, The Alliance. “These athletes will now have an opportunity to begin, extend or revitalize their professional football careers and continue playing the game we all love.” He added, “Our personnel staff, general managers and coaches will continue to recruit aggressively in the days and months to come. Team-building is a never ending task and we are excited to attack that challenge and to build on this very positive start.” The standard Alliance player contract offers players a base salary of $250,000 over three years with a comprehensive bonus system which will award financial compensation based on a variety of metrics such as performance, win, and fan engagement. Additionally, players who make final rosters will be offered postsecondary education assistance and health and wellness benefits. Players are allocated to Alliance teams based on where they competed in college. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, he will be allocated based on his most recent NFL/CFL team. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance allocation footprint AND he did not play in the NFL or CFL, then he is unallocated and available to be tendered a contract by any Alliance team. If a player signs with The Alliance and is then offered a contract to play in the National Football League, the player will be granted permission to pursue that opportunity.

Another new professional football league will start next February, getting a head start on the XFL

Spring football is returning — and sooner than we thought. The Alliance of American Football league was announced Tuesday and will debut on Feb. 9, 2019, a week after Super Bowl LIII and at least a year before the XFL resurfaces sometime in 2020. Charlie Ebersol — whose father, Dick Ebersol, founded the original XFL with WWE's Vince McMahon almost two decades ago — created the new league along with Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bill Polian, formerly NFL general manager and currently an ESPN analyst. {{ vc_btn:title=Learn+More&shape=square&link=url%3Ahttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.latimes.com%252Fsports%252Fsportsnow%252Fla-sp-alliance-american-football-20180320-story.html%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C }}

New AAF pro football league, set for 2019 debut, described as ‘complementary’ to NFL

The XFL won’t be the only new professional football league set to launch over the next couple of years.

Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, More to Oversee Alliance of America Football League

The new Alliance of American Football will include the involvement of former NFL general manager Bill Polian as well as former NFL players Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and Justin Tuck. {{ vc_btn:title=Learn+More&shape=square&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.sportsbusinessdaily.com%252FDaily%252FMorning-Buzz%252F2018%252F03%252F20%252FAlliance-of-American-Football.aspx%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C }}

Why A New Football League Thinks It Has What It Takes To Survive

The All American Football League, United Football League, United States Football League, Fall Experimental Football League, Major League Football and North American Football League all have something in common -- {{ vc_btn:title=Learn+More&shape=square&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.forbes.com%252Fsites%252Fdarrenheitner%252F2018%252F03%252F21%252Fwhy-a-new-football-league-thinks-it-has-what-it-takes-to-survive%252F%252338bb2810555a%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C }}

Charlie Ebersol The Latest To Try Hand At Spring Football League

Vince McMahon in January announced plans to launch a new XFL by ‘20. At a media event in N.Y. this morning, Charlie Ebersol announced his plans to launch a competing, single-entity spring football league called the Alliance of American Football in February. Longtime NBC Sports boss Dick Ebersol, Charlie’s father and a driving force behind the original XFL, will be on the AAF's BOD. The AAF carries a roster of high-profile investors including The Chernin Group and Founders Fund, which was an early investor in Facebook, Space-X and Lyft. M Ventures, entrepreneur Keith Rabois and former NFLer Jared Allen also are investing in the league. Charlie Ebersol would not say how much he raised or how much the league needs to succeed. “Getting a lot of money was obviously important, but getting the right money was even more important,” Ebersol said. “All of these previous attempts have been based on the idea of a one- or two-year business model. I went out and said, ‘Look, I need money for seven-to-10 years.’ They were the type of people that jumped on board.” The AAF already has a deal in place with CBS Sports, which has committed to show the league’s first game in primetime on its broadcast network on Feb. 9. That is the week following Super Bowl LII, which will be produced by CBS. The broadcast network also has committed to show the league’s first championship game in primetime the weekend of April 26-28. CBS Sports Network will carry a weekly regular-season game. All games will be live streamed for free via the league’s app, which will allow for an in-game fantasy component. {{ vc_btn:title=Learn+More&shape=square&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.sportsbusinessdaily.com%252FDaily%252FMorning-Buzz%252F2018%252F03%252F20%252FAlliance-of-American-Football.aspx%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C }}

XFL documentary maker plans new football league

While Vince McMahon promises to bring back a revamped XFL in 2020, a son of McMahon's partner in the original short-lived XFL venture said his football league will come first. And some big NFL names will be involved. Charlie Ebersol, who directed a documentary on the XFL that aired last year as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, announced Tuesday that his league, the Alliance of American Football, plans to debut Feb. 9, 2019, the week after Super Bowl LIII. The season will run 10 weeks and will have 50-man teams. {{ vc_btn:title=Learn+More&shape=square&link=url%3Ahttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.espn.com%252Fnfl%252Fstory%252F_%252Fid%252F22844453%252Fxfl-documentary-maker-plans-own-football-league%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C }}

New Pro Football League Sets 2019 Debut With CBS Sports Pact

Charlie Ebersol made a documentary about why the XFL failed. Now he’s set to launch an eight-team pro football league in 2019 with a CBS Sports broadcast deal and a roster of ex-NFL players in executive and advisory roles – a year ahead of WWE chairman Vince McMahon’s planned XFL reboot.