From the Fan Posts. - PS
This past weekend featured the first games from the fledgling Alliance of American Football, highlighted by once forgotten players and hits that are rarely seen (or allowed) in the NFL nowadays.
Shaan Washington can BRING IT. pic.twitter.com/7VqYNk3DwD— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 10, 2019
You are forgiven if you do not know who Shaan Washington is. He shares the same story as many players in the AAF: an undrafted free agent, didn't make the cut and never heard from again. This makes the AAF all the more interesting to me.
There are always intriguing prospects and good college players that never make the league because they do not fit a scheme or the physical traits don't match up. I think Washington lines up in the latter, being on the small side for a linebacker. The AAF gives these players a chance to show that they can still ball at a level where they are not the only dominant person on the field.
While I really want to jump down the rabbit hole of the AAF possibly becoming a "developmental" league for the NFL, I'm not there yet. Only four AAF games have been played, so give it a season or (hopefully) two.
If you were curious, below are the former Chiefs in the AAF:
- Arizona Hotshots - WR Rashad Ross
- Atlanta Legends - QB Aaron Murray
- Atlanta Legends - DL TJ Barnes
- Atlanta Legends - WR Seantavius Jones
- Birmingham Iron - DL Ricky Hatley
- Birmingham Iron - LB Jonathan Massaquoi
- Memphis Express - WR Devin Lucien
- Orlando Apollos - RB Akeem Hunt
- Orlando Apollos - G Andrew Tiller
- Orlando Apollos - WR Frankie Hammond Jr
- Orlando Apollos - CB Keith Reaser
- Orlando Apollos - DL Earl Okine
- San Antonio Commanders - CB De’Vante Bausby
- San Antonio Commanders - LB Tyrone Holmes
- San Diego Fleet - TE Gavin Escobar
- San Diego Fleet - OG Damien Mama
- San Diego Fleet - WR Nelson Spruce
- Salt Lake City Stallions - DL Mike Purcell
- Salt Lake City Stallions - S Jordan Sterns
I am sure many football fans will appreciate the AAF bridging the NFL offseason gap more, as games start the weekend after the Super Bowl and the AAF championship taking place on Saturday, April 27, the same day the NFL draft ends.
The AAF is full of NFL flunkies (Trent Richardson, Christian Hackenberg, etc.) and unproven players.
I, for one, am excited to see how this all plays out.