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The College Football Playoff is over. The Super Bowl has come and gone. And it’s time for months of coverage of hand sizes and 40-yard-dash times before football returns in August.
That’s typically the annual football schedule. But in the words of Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.”
In 2019, football fans won’t have to wait out the NFL draft and preseason to get their gridiron fix. They only need to wait a few days thanks to the launch of the Alliance of American Football. The league announced its existence last March and starts its inaugural season on Saturday.
Here’s how it works: Eight teams play a 10-game season, with the top four times qualifying for the playoffs. The rules are slightly different, including no kickoffs, no extra points and a 30-second play clock. And there are no TV timeouts and fewer commercial breaks.
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The rosters mostly consist of a number of former NFL and college stars, including Alabama running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Blake Sims, Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, and Washington running back Bishop Sankey.
The teams are led well-known head coaches, including Rick Neuheisel, Steve Spurrier and Mike Singletary.
If you’re looking for a local connection, the league — also dubbed the AAF — features a number of former Cardinals, Wildcats, Hoosiers and Hilltoppers. Here’s a list:
- Gerald Christian, TE, Arizona Hotshots (Louisville)
- Chase Dutra, DB, San Antonio Commanders (Indiana)
- Drew Jackson, LB, Memphis Express (Western Kentucky)
- Andrew McDonald, OL, San Antonio Commanders (Indiana)
- James Quick, WR, Atlanta Legends (Louisville)
- Kayaune Ross, WR, Memphis Express (Kentucky)
- Charles Standberry, TE, Atlanta Legends (Louisville)
- Keith Towbridge, TE, Atlanta Legends (Louisville)
And you don’t have to scour the dark portions of the internet to watch: The games will be broadcast on TV, mostly on NFL Network and CBS Sports Network, with some games on CBS and TNT.
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