Early in the first quarter Saturday, San Antonio Commanders linebacker Shaan Washington blindsided Mike Bercovici with an eye-popping hit that sent the San Diego Fleet quarterback's helmet flying.
Gilbert's 26-yard touchdown pass in the first minute of the second quarter to Jalin Marshall not only put Orlando up, 7-3, but it was the first touchdown in AAF history. He was out of the league by 2018, and judging from Sunday's game, it was pretty easy to tell why.
Although the AAF plans to serve as a complementary league to the NFL, the Alliance plans to change areas of the NFL's policy where the fan engagement is low or that they feel are unsafe. It's more proof that football, no matter what name it is under, rules the American sports landscape. Well, it's a professional football league founded by producer and director Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, the longtime general manager of the Indianapolis Colts.
Two of the league's first games aired on CBS and were up against the Rockets and Thunder matchup on ABC. But after the score, the Stallions bounce back quickly and scored to cut the lead to 35-22, missing the two-point conversion attempt.
Hackenberg finished the game 10 of 23 passing for 87 yards and an interception. Almost 21,000 people showed up and saw the Apollos beat the Atlanta Legends, 40-6, with Spurrier, 73, coaching for the first time since 2015.
One of the brilliant things that the AAF has done in trying to make the league get off the ground with a solid following is their allocation of players to teams.
Richardson briefly played in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders but could not re-join them in the fall because he would have lost custody of his children. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden thought highly of the Penn State passer in his ESPN film room show, but that previous opinion and the quarterback's play wasn't enough to stay on the roster.
"Our games have been reimagined to be faster, with fewer commercials and more action", said Waddell.