Former Bills CB intercepts pass in AAF debut

Monday, 11 Feb, 2019

After the way that the AAF got started on Saturday, there is real hype about the new football league taking the world by storm.

The new spring professional league debuted Saturday night and lived up to the hype.

Former NESN sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl will reprise that role for CBS Sports' coverage of the AAF. Instead, teams will attempt the equivalent of a fourth-and-12 play from their 28-yard line.

The Alliance of American Football is here to provide more football while the NFL season is over. For the quarterbacks, a four-round draft was held that allowed teams to protect one player from their region or pick from the entire pool. That, combined with the rule tweaks and innovations from the AAF, will determine if fans will continue to stay interested or will become interested in this league after this initial game. We've seen it before with the USFL in the 1980s, and later with Vince McMahon's XFL in the early 2000s.

Polian was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015 after a long career as an NFL executive.

That kind of hit might not go over in the National Football League, but this is the AAF and initial ratings were promising. For those of us already in withdrawals from the lack of Pittsburgh Steelers' football, it might be a nice filler.

As of the AAF's opening weekend, the only former Saints player on the Memphis roster was linebacker Davis Tull, a UT-Chattanooga graduate who was waived in 2016. They saw The Head Ball Coach, a.k.a Steve Spurrier bring his "fun and gun offense", that excited Florida Gators fans for years to Orlando as his Apollos flew past the Atlanta Legends 40-6.

Having lower-level leagues is good for these platers, but not necessarily good for the guys who now have spots on NFL rosters.

Looking forward, the AAF hopes to complement - not compete with - the NFL.

It was a night of balance as the Apollos looked strong holding Atlanta to just six points, both field goals and caused four turnovers.

The AAF definitely feels like a league with a lot of potential.

"Quality football is important, but football is not the engine", Ebersol said. Sports TV Ratings said the first game on CBS ‏averaged 2.913 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Singletary also has some offensive weapons to lean on, including quarterback Christian Hackenberg as well as running back Zac Stacy, who ran for almost 1,000 yards as a rookie for the St. Louis Rams back in 2013.