Alliance Of American Football Looks To Blossom This Spring

Lawrence Kim
February 10, 2019

Well, Saturday night was a smashing success, and people will continue to tune in if we get outstanding defense like we saw against the Fleet.

For the Arizona Hotshots, that means that the likes of former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trevor Knight, as well as Pac-12 alums like Scooby Wright III, Josh Huff and Thomas Durante are all featured on the roster. The AAF's mission is "to provide high-quality professional football fueled by a dynamic Alliance between players, fans, and the game". They stuck around for the majority of the game too, with most leaving with a few minutes left to play in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand for the Apollos.

After the way that the AAF got started on Saturday, there is real hype about the new football league taking the world by storm. Here's a look at Marshall's touchdown pass to quarterback Garrett Gilbert.

Orlando built a 22-6 lead at halftime and never looked back to win its season opener. He also caught a touchdown pass from Marshall on Orlando's own version of the famous "Philly Special". Running back Akeem Hunt had 10 carries for 73 yards to lead the team in rushing.

Defensively, Orlando dominated Atlanta. They have to score a touchdown and go for two.

Five teams, the Birmingham Iron, Salt Lake Stallions, Orlando Apollos, and San Diego Fleet, and San Antonio Stallions will be hosted by a market without a professional football team. Nobody was sure how this league would be received, but being the second watched show of the night is pretty good proof that people want football around the clock.

Next up for the Apollos is a game at San Antonio next Sunday.

The quality of play is comparable to the second halves of preseason games, with players who look like they're about good enough to be on National Football League practice squads. Pereira helped develop the unique rules that include no kickoffs, no extra-point tries, overtime rules that call for each team to get one possession and a ninth official, the SkyJudge, who from his perch in the press box can instantly correct "obvious and egregious" officiating errors, like the one that marred the NFC championship game. That game will be played on February 17 at 4PM EST.

4 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network - Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.

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