ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The Alliance of American Football League will kickoff February 10th and you can find the television schedule on NFL Network below for the 2019 kickoff of the Alliance of American Football League. You will also find notable AAF player signings and more information about the success of spring football in the old United States Football League, along with 2021 recruiting rankings news.
2019 Alliance of American Football NFL Network Broadcast Schedule
The AAF season is going to kick off and I am extremely happy that we are bringing Spring football back to American football in the United States. As the offspring of a USFL Stars Kicker and USFL Stars cheerleader, I am avid fan of a fun filled spring football league that puts player safety above all.
"Led by some of the most respected football minds in the game, The Alliance of American Football is top-flight professional football fueled by an unprecedented Alliance between players, fans and the game. Founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, The Alliance features eight teams with 52-player rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS, followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on April 27, 2019. Additional broadcast and distribution partners include Turner Sports -- TNT and B/R Live -- as well as the NFL Network."
NOTABLE AAF PLAYERS
Notable AAF players that have been signed for the 2019 AAF inaugural football season, along with their current team and former college team can be found below.
QB Trevor Knight - Oklahoma & Texas A & M
DT Trenton Thompson - Georgia
CB Dexter McDougle - Maryland
S Rahim Moore - UCLA
K Nick Folk - Arizona
QB Matt Simms - Tennessee
QB Aaron Murray - Georgia
RB Denard Robinson - Michigan
QB Blake Sims - Alabama
RB Trent Richardson - Alabama
WR Quinton Patton - Lousiana Tech
K Nick Novak - Maryland
P Colton Schmidt - UC-Davis
QB Christian Hackenberg - Penn State
QB Zach Mettenberger - LSU
DB Channing Stribling - Michigan
P Brad Wing - LSU
QB Austin Appleby - Florida
RB Akeem Hunt - Purdue
WR Jalin Marshall - Ohio State
OG Quinterrius Eatmon - South Florida
LB Jacob Pugh III - Florida State
S Josh Evans - Florida
Salt Lake City Stallions
QB Matt Lineham - Idaho
WR Kenny Bell - Nebraska
TE Austin Traylor - Wisconsin
DT Mike Purcell - Wyoming
LB Josh Banderas - Nebraska
San Antonio Commanders
RB Trey Williams - Texas A & M
RB David Cobb - Minnesota
WR Josh Stewart - Oklahoma State (error on AAF site)
LB Kennan Gilchrist - Appalachian State
LB Joel Lanning - Iowa State
San Diego Fleet
WR Dontez Ford - Pittsburgh
DE Meffy Koloamatangi - Hawaii
LB Kenneth Olugbode - Colorado
AAF rosters are comprised mostly of NFL players who have been released during training camp or had several seasons playing in the NFL. This league also appears to be connected to the National Football League, as it appears it will serve as a minor league feeding system to the NFL. Most players are from notable college football programs and had very good college football careers. Some teams have more unknown players that will be getting their shot at football stardom and some teams have guys who have inevitably failed time and time again. This begs the question, do some of these players not listed above deserve another chance? After reading through some of the issues these young men faced from the start of their pro careers, I believe players' health and security should be, above all, the main focus of this new league, as stated by the AAF. Most of these players were missing a key piece mentally, as they were all physically advanced as superior college football and NFL draft athletes. I guess we will see what type of plan the AAF is implementing here shortly, as these psychological methods need to be taught from youth football all the way until the conclusion of the athletes career.
UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Having watched my father David Trout win magical championships with the United States Football League USFL Stars and my mother having been a cheerleader for the USFL Stars. I learned most of the game of football during the spring, not the fall, as the game was at its finest when delivering advanced football knowledge. I documented much of legends like Sam Mills career and Kelvin Bryant, who were key pieces to the entire United States Football League, as leaders of men. They walked the talk on and off the field and were respected members of any community they entered. Guys like Reggie White became super stars in the United States Football League, as well as two of the most humble quarterbacks to play the game in Steve Young and Jim Kelly. Even the likes of Doug Flutie and Herschel Walker were Heisman Trophy winners who joined the United States Football League before entering the National Football League, as well as Sooners Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Dupree.
2021 CFB RECRUITING RANKINGS
2021 CFB recruiting rankings will start to form at College Football Today, what is to be known as the 2021 Top 150, as we start to establish a 2021 Top 300 football recruits. Many believe the CFB recruiting rankings system is unjust in the way that the modern day CFB recruiting media ranks college football recruits and this is not a rankings system that is based off of whose offered who. This S.T.E.P rating system is used to determine actual football skill, athletics and other criteria that is needed to excel highly in the game of American Football, on and off the field in a college atmosphere. With all of the controversy in our beloved game and America today, this unique rankings system is designed to hold each recruit accountable for their daily choices, as it is very easy with today's technology to see absolutely no growth in a highly ranked recruit. Often, things happen that can cause a "butterfly" effect in a young man's career and life, we in part created this rankings system to advance the knowledge of the student-athletes in our nation on simply what is acceptable at the next level and what is unacceptable behavior. Core principles instilled in the most winningest football teams of all-time, which includes the 2018 CFB National Champions Clemson Tigers, are about character and putting others above yourself. These "Team" oriented characteristics are often lost in the CFB recruiting rankings process and through vigorous studies of child/sports phycology, they really matter when it comes to winning in all areas of football and life at the next level.
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