Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg Fizzles in Profanity Laden AAF Debut

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg Fizzles in Profanity Laden AAF Debut

The Orlando Apollo's and The Alliance of American Football have recently been making big headlines. Any remaining players - those from unaffiliated universities and never signed to an National Football League or CFL team - are considered free agents.

The NFL season might be over, but America hasn't gotten enough of football. What's more, the AAF uses a recruitment model created to attract players to their teams who are already popular in home markets. It was founded by film and television producer Charlie Ebersol and former National Football League front-office executive Bill Polian. Otherwise, they are connected by the league office to players who last suited up for the closest NFL or CFL team. However, maybe fans like the idea of the AAF, because it is more football to watch until the NFL comes back on. Patriots fans might recall that he has a history of influencing rule changes; after Bill Belichick's defense manhandled the Indianapolis Colts' offense in 2004, Polian - then the Colts' president - prodded the National Football League until it restricted what defenders could do to receivers downfield.

"From day one, when we sign people, I say, 'Hey, if an National Football League team calls, you can go, '" said Boller. Both games had a course of defensive stops and some incredible plays down the field.

The Salt Lake Stallions join the AAF with seven other teams, including the Fleet, Arizona Hotshots, San Antonio Commanders, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Orlando Apollos and Memphis Express.

When the Legends take the Spectrum Stadium field against Steve Spurrier's Orlando Apollos, however, they'll do so with a head coach who's held that position for only a month, and they also won't have the offensive coordinator they expected after Michael Vick stepped down this week. At 8 p.m., the Salt Lake Stallions play the Arizona Hotshots (NFL Network). Hackenberg was waived by Oakland in June, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, completed 7 of 16 passes for 69 yards and two INTs in a preseason game against the Jets and was released the following day.

The challenge for the AAF will be to keep the good times rolling.

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

You obviously can't expect National Football League numbers on day one.

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