Alliance of American Football

Jacob Hamric-Haller 3.14.2019
Christain Hackenberg played for the Penn State Nittany Lions in college (Photo: Penn State News).

The Alliance of American Football is another form of professional football. The AAF (Alliance of American Football) is not quite the NFL. The AAF is going to be a common pit stop for athletes that were good in college but not quite NFL caliber that are trying to make it in the NFL.

The AAF looks like it will become a type of buffer to the NFL. NFL teams may not want to take a risk on a specific player so they could let them go undrafted and then let them go to the AAF and see how they do. I think that the AAF will become a true minor league football association.

The AAF is similar to the past secondary football leagues like the AAF and NFL Europe. The XFL was an eight team league similar to the AAF. NFL Europe was a way to try to expand the NFL to the rest of the world. The reason for the failure of the XFL was poor management, and the reason for failure of NFL Europe was purely financial.

Why would you want to watch the AAF? The AAF is going to be football after the NFL. After the NFL season most football fans are hung out to dry. There is nothing that you can watch. Usually football fans are forced to wait until June to even start to hear of football.

Many other rumors have surfaced about more competition to the NFL. There are speculations that the XFL could make a return. This would not be that bad because if there were two small leagues they could merge in the future. This would be good for the leagues because you would have 16 teams, therefore more nationally broadcasted games and more ticket sales.

This year you will be able to watch the games on different channels on your television. CBS will broadcast one game per week. The NFL network will broadcast 19 games. Bleacher-Report Live will stream one game a week for the final eight weeks of the year. Football fans will want to watch the AAF because there are notable names from college football, and past players from the NFL. Some of the notable players by position are as follows.

Quarterbacks

Christian Hackenberg for the (Memphis Express) has experience in college for the Penn State Nittany Lions as well as a short NFL career with the New York Jets. In college Christian had a 56.1% completion rate, and threw for about 8,500 yards, and 48 touchdowns in 3 years.

Zach Mettenberger, (who also plays for the Memphis Express) had a great college career playing in the SEC for Louisiana State University (LSU). Zach also had a short career in the NFL playing for the Tennessee Titans. In College Zach had an astounding completion rate of 61.8%. In his 2 years of being a starter at LSU he racked up almost 5,700 yards, amd threw 34 touchdowns.

Running Backs

Trent Richardson (playing for the Birmingham Iron) was a standout college athlete. Playing at the University of Alabama, he (like many of the AAF standout names) had a short career in the NFL playing for multiple teams, most notably the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts. In college Trent ran the ball 540 times, gaining 5.8 Yards per carry. Trent was also a threat in the receiving game. Gaining 10 yards per reception. In total he had a total of 3,860 yards, and 42 touchdowns.

Denard Robinson who plays for the Atlanta Legends, played for the University of Michigan before going into the NFL. He was later released into free agency and was picked up by the Atlanta Legends. Denard was a quarterback in college but was converted into a running back once he got into the NFL. This makes him a dual threat. He was a common use in the rushing game at Michigan. He racked up 4,500 rushing yards in his 4 year college career. As well as 6,250 passing yards. In 2010 he led the Big 10 in rushing yards and yards per carry (in Big 10). He reached the end zone 91 times in his college career. Having 42 rushing touchdowns and 49 passing touchdowns.

Denard Robinson running the ball against the Michigan State Spartans. October 20, 2012 (Adam Glanzman)
Wide Recievers

Jalin Marshall plays for the Orlando Apollos, he played for Ohio State University at the collegiate level. Jalin had the potential to be the highest caliber of NFL wide receiver. Jalins decision to declare to the NFL draft after his sophomore year didn't go as expected. In his freshman year at OSU he had 499 receiving yards, and in his sophomore year in just 10 games he had 477 yards. Jalin had more receiving yards in his freshman and sophomore year than NFL superstar Randall Cobb got in any of his 3 years. If he would have given himself more time to develop he could have been an NFL superstar.

Charles Johnson, also on the Orlando Apollo,s is another collegiate star who is standing out In the AAF. His first 2 seasons in college he didn't even get 500 total receiving yards. He then transferred to Grand Valley State, a NCAA Division II school. He redshirted his junior year and then his last 2 years of playing he racked up 2,250 yards, and 31 touchdowns. This raised his draft stock, and he was taken by the Green Bay Packers in the draft. He was unable to make a statement in the NFL, so he was released and spent the following years circulating around the league.