The fledgling AAF has some local appeal

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The Alliance of American Football is a current reality conceived from an idea of filmmaker Charlie Ebersol in late 2016. It is a spin off from the original XFL in some respects but without the WWE promotion and excess.

The AAF was announced on March 20, 2018, and now we have the eight teams and a schedule which runs 10 weeks through April 13th. It is aired by CBS, CBS Sports Network, NFL Network and Turner Sports. The Alliance’s title game is set to be played at Sam Boyd Stadium outside of Las Vegas on April 27.

Two weeks into the season, the league is already known by plenty of football fans.

A few in-game concepts which are different from the norm could eventually be adopted by the National Football League. The AAF has installed a Sky Judge, an off the field official who can call or take away a penalty. Also, there are no kickoffs while all touchdowns are followed by a two-point conversion attempt. A 35 second play clock and the prohibiting of field goals in overtime are also rules of note.

Players receive three-year non-guaranteed contracts in the $250,000 range for the total payout but also including health insurance. Each contract includes an escape clause allowing the player to opt out for the NFL. Head coaches are rumored to take in in upwards of $500,000 per season, with assistant coaches earning between $75,000 and $150,000. Coaches have more known names and track records than their players in the AAF so the concept makes sense.

There are some local names and legendary football figures dotting the AAF rosters and staffs. Here’s a sample:

San Diego Fleet

Former LSU CB Ron Brooks played 53 games with the Tigers from 2007-11, totaling 90 tackles and three interceptions. He was a 5th round pick of the Eagles in 2012 who has played five years in the NFL, most notably with Buffalo. He wears No. 33 for the Fleet. Ex-Saints cornerback Eric Allen is the defensive backs coach in San Diego.

Salt Lake Stallions

Henre’ Toliver (6-1, 185), a former Arkansas Razorbacks and Rummel Raiders standout, wears No. 38 for the Utah-based team. He helped Rummel win back-to-back state football titles and tallied 10 interceptions during his prep career. Toliver had an earlier tryout with the Indianapolis Colts.

Memphis Express

Many players with Louisiana and Tennessee ties have been regionally allocated to Memphis:

No. 8 Zach Mettenberger had 5,783 yards passing while at LSU with 35 touchdowns and 15 int. He was a 6th round pick of the Titans in 2014.
No. 43 Terrence Magee, a former LSU running back and Franklinton standout, spent three years in NFL.
No. 76 Toby Weathersby, an OT at LSU from 2015-17, spent some time in NFL with the Eagles and Patriots.
No. 4 Brad Wing, former LSU punter, has played five seasons in NFL.
No. 96 DT Anthony “Freak” Johnson was Louisiana Player of the Year in 2010 after recording a state record 67.5 sacks at O.P. Walker. He went on to play at LSU and then five years in the NFL.
No. 92 DT Julius Warmsley, the former St. Michael The Archangel star, played 44 games at Tulane where he had 102 tackles, 30.5 TFL and 12.5 sacks. He spent five seasons in NFL.
No. 56 Davis Tull, an edge rusher and outside linebacker, was a Saints fitth round pick in 2015 out of Chatanooga.
No. 45 Colton Jumper, a former Tennessee Vols linebacker, was a free agent pick up for the Saints in 2018.
No. 39 Jeremy Cutrer, a Jewel Sumner alum, committed to LSU in 2013 before attending JUCO and later starring at Middle Tennessee.
No. 3 Josh Jasper, a former LSU kicker, has briefly played in the NFL, CFL and Arena League.

San Antonio Commanders

John Diarse won Class 4A state title at Neville on his way to being named Louisiana Mr. Football in 2012. The wide receiver now wearing No. 18 later transferred from LSU to TCU and spent 2018 with Denver Broncos.

Atlanta Legends

Michael Vick, who spent 13 seasons in the NFL with the Falcons and Eagles, was the first overall pick in 2001 NFL draft. He was supposed to serve as Legends’ Offensive Coordinator but ended up as an advisor for the team.

Orlando Apollos

Head coach Steve Spurrier became a legend in coaching when he turned the Florida Gators into a national power but his first significant head coaching job came with the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits.

Arizona Hotshots

East St. John alum Patrick Lewis, a Texas A&M product who spent four seasons in the NFL with five teams, plays center and wears No. 67.
Sione Teuhema, who spent two years at LSU and two more at Southeastern, is No. 54 at defensive end.
Obu Gwachum, now No. 57 in Arizona, stuck with the Saints at defensive end from 2015-16.
Former Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo serves as offensive Line coach.

Birmingham Iron
Quinton Patton, a wide receive for five years in the NFL, was twice all-conference (2011-12) at Louisiana Tech. He is a starting receiver wearing No. 11 for the Iron.
Bradley Sylve, a defensive back from South Plaquemine, played college football at Alabama. The corner wearing No. 29 spent time with the Saints and Bills.
Another cornerback, Trevon Reed wearing No. 23, starred at Thibodaux before going on to Auburn and then the Seattle Seahawks as part of four NFL season with five teams.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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