After Tom Brady took a knee to bring the clock to triple zeros in Super Bowl LIII, the NFL season had officially concluded on Sunday night. Lucky for all of us, that horrible excuse of a game will not be our final taste of football until August, as the Alliance of American Football League kicks off their inaugural season this Saturday on CBS.
With the league being brand new, unless you live in one of the eight cities that has a team or know someone who is playing in the AAF, you are probably wondering who to root for.
Luckily for all of you, I have a bit of a gambling problem and not much else to do, so I have spent the entire day looking over each team’s roster. After looking everything over, I can honestly say that I am excited to check things out this weekend.
Below are my notes on every team. Hopefully this serves as some insight for the first games this weekend, which I am 100% going to put a ton of money on because, well, it’s football, folks.
Team #3 – The Birmingham Iron
If you are a fan of SEC football, this is the team for you. The Iron’s roster is well represented from the two participants in the Iron Bowl, Alabama and Auburn, who have a combined 15 alumni on the Birmingham roster.
Some of the more notable names include Quarterback, Blake Sims (Alabama), Trent Richardson (Alabama) and Chris Davis (Auburn). Sims is best known for taking over at quarterback the year after Bama legend, Aj McCarron went to the pro. While the Tide did not win a national championship under Sims, I am sure local fans will be excited to watch him play again.
Richardson on the other hand is someone that the entire nation will tune in for. Known as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, the former third overall pick has tried time and time again to establish himself as a legitimate pro player. At Bama, Richardson was incredible. His combo of speed and power made him a nightmare for any defense that dared to slow him down. However, after a decent rookie season with the Cleveland Browns, Richardson’s progress hit a wall. He was traded to the Colts which marked the beginning of the end of his days as a starter. Just a few years and teams later, he was cut from the NFL for good after the Oakland Raiders let him go following an embarrassing carry where he displayed zero vision while running the football.
Richardson has tried to bounce back in the CFL but even in the great white north, things did not go as planned. This is truly his last chance. If Richardson ever wants to even sniff an NFL tryout again, he has to be great this season and he knows it.
Finally, the last ironbowl hero on this team is none other than former Auburn defensive back, Chris Davis. My guess is that many of you remember him from this one play.
Yeah, that guy! Remember! Okay, good.
If you’re not an SEC fan, there are also a few players on this roster with local ties including, defensive back JaCcorey Shepherd, who played for the Steelers in 2016, Offensive Tackle, Larson Graham, who played college football at Duquesne and defensive back Max Redfield, who is an IUP alum.
A few other interesting stories on this team can be found on the defensive line. While many players on the Iron roster have a history of playing at a distinguished college program a few are the complete opposite. Jeremy Faulk played college football at Garden City Community College while Lawrence Okoye did not play college football at all. It will be interesting to see if either of them can end up being a “one in a million” type stories.
Regardless of where his players last competed, head coach Tim Lewis has a team that should be one of the more talented ones in this new league. The state of Alabama loves their football so I am sure their home games will be entertaining. My only problem with this squad is that Verne Lundquist will not be their play by play guy.