Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg Fizzles in Profanity Laden AAF Debut

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40-6

It couldn't have been a better debut for the Orlando Apollos on Saturday.

The AAF's leadership board features multiple former National Football League players.

There's been demand for a pro football spring league for quite some time, and someone finally made a decision to seize the moment: the Alliance of American Football, or AAF.

Throughout the rosters, football fans will note dozens of players that they might remember from the NFL field years ago, or even this past season. In several interviews, executives from the newly formed league shared a similar message - that the league is created to give a second opportunity or act as a breeding ground for future NFL talent, and it shows in the makeup of the rosters for these teams.

The AAF will continue to look to keep football fans' attention during the offseason. Steve Spurrier has 26 years overall of coaching experience, and he holds a record for 11 victories in bowl games.

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The AAF rules are very different from the NFL. This means that players who either went to college or played with an National Football League team close to one of their eight franchises are pigeonholed to one of those teams. Retired defensive ends Jared Allen and Justin Tuck will advise on Player Relations, as officiating consultants Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer up the experience they both acquired as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating. The league has great talent on all the teams, which are the Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, and the San Diego Fleet.

After just one half of play in the AAF, Hackenberg's numbers are fairly abysmal.

"We're disappointed", Legends coach Kevin Coyle said. There were two games that had gotten a lot of fan interaction. "Secondly, fans have pointed out that kickoffs are the more boring plays in football, so we chose to take that out and keep the players on the field".

"I'd just like to be a story of growth", Ebersol said.

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