You have to love that there is a new league right now when football is supposed to be over. The AAF is amazing and has been pretty solid. Things the NFL has messed up, the AAF has really improved. It is not the greatest quality of product, but it is fun and fast paced.
This week the road team did not win one game, but that will likely change in the near future. The ratings for television were pretty solid, and the attendance at the game were impressive, so I wanted to talk about a few of the winners and losers after the first week of the AAF.
Quinton Patton and Rashad Ross – Quinton Patton was struggling to catch the ball in his first game in the AAF, but he looked sharp on one deep pass. The second deep pass he dropped but was given credit for it. Ross on the other hand went off as well for 100 yards.
John Wolford and Luis Perez – Both lesser known quarterbacks balled out and outperformed the big name quarterbacks like Christian Hackenberg and Matt Simms. Everyone was expecting guys like Hackenberg to come out and shine and he looked horrible. Both Wolford and Perez showed great touch.
Terence Garvin – The former Steelers linebacker had a huge game for the Orlando Apollos. He was a very solid player racking up 10 plus tackles, a pick six and a sack. He had a huge week and will be one to keep an eye on moving forward. At 28, he may have another NFL shot and this is the time to get a shot.
The Fans and the Players – Both the fans and the players were the biggest winners. It was an amazing weekend to have some live football. The players will be able to utilize the film from the AAF and the fans get to watch more football after it was supposed to be over!
Christian Hackenberg – He cursed more on TV than he had completions. His first start was pitiful and he struggled to move the ball down the field. He finished 10-23 for 87 yards and an interception before getting benched for Brandon Silvers.
Many people were rooting against the AAF, and I think the haters are the other losers in this first week. There were not too many mistakes in the first week, I think many wanted the AAF to fail, but the football fans spoke by tuning in. It will continue to blossom in the weeks to come.
The NFL – Many will disagree with me here, but let me explain. People turned into the AAF and were blown away when quarterbacks were getting rocked, and no flags were coming in to ruin a drive. The NFL has become soft and the AAF was a great change of scenery for football fans. The commercial breaks being cut out was huge as well, maybe the NFL can learn something from the new league.