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The 2019 AAF season was the first and only season in the history of the Alliance of American Football (AAF),[1] which began on February 9, 2019. A ten-week regular season was scheduled for each of the league's eight teams.

2019 Alliance of American Football season
The Alliance Championship 2019.png
LeagueAlliance of American Football
SportAmerican football
DurationFebruary 9 – April 14 (planned)
February 9 – March 31 (actual)
Number of games40 scheduled (10 per team)
32 played (8 per team)
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)CBS Sports, Turner Sports, NFL Network
Best regular season recordOrlando Apollos

On April 2, multiple sources indicated that Thomas Dundon, controlling owner of the AAF, had followed through on threats made in the previous week and suspended the AAF's operations, against the will of its founders.[2][3] By the end of the week, the AAF front office had confirmed the suspension of operations and allowed players to opt-out of their contracts to sign with other leagues.[4] The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019.[1]

At the time the season ended, eight out of ten scheduled weeks had been played, and the Orlando Apollos, with a league best 7–1 record two games ahead of its nearest competitors, had clinched no less than a share of the regular season's best record, regardless of how the rest of the schedule would have played out. A four-team playoff was scheduled to start on April 21, with a championship game on April 27. Initially scheduled for Sam Boyd Stadium on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada, the title game was moved to the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas,[5] before the league ceased operations.

TeamsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The Orlando Apollos clinched a playoff berth on March 24,[6] and top seed in the Eastern Conference on March 30.[7] The Birmingham Iron clinched a playoff berth on March 31.[8]

2019 Alliance of American Football standings
Eastern Conference
Club W–L PCT CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
(x)Orlando Apollos 7–1 .875 5–0 236 136 100 .406 .375 W2
(x)Birmingham Iron 5–3 .625 3–2 165 133 32 .406 .300 W1
(e)Memphis Express 2–6 .250 1–4 152 194 -42 .578 .500 L1
(e)Atlanta Legends 2–6 .250 1–4 88 213 -125 .609 .438 L3
Western Conference
Club W–L PCT CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
San Antonio Commanders 5–3 .625 3–2 158 154 4 .516 .450 L1
Arizona Hotshots 5–3 .625 3–2 186 144 42 .469 .500 W3
San Diego Fleet 3–5 .375 2–3 158 161 -3 .469 .417 L3
Salt Lake Stallions 3–5 .375 2–3 135 143 -8 .547 .417 W1
(x)–clinched playoff berth; (e)–eliminated from playoff contention

[9]

ScheduleEdit

Each team had a ten-game regular season schedule, consisting of six in-conference games (home-and-away against each of the other three teams) and four out-of-conference games (one game against each of four teams; two home and two away). Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 9 were scheduled with out-of-conference games.[10] Each team played one preseason exhibition game against an out-of-conference opponent. All of the preseason scrimmage games were held January 27–28 at the Alamodome, in conjunction with the league's training camp.

2019 Alliance of American Football schedule
Home Away Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Win Loss Not played
Eastern Conference
Atlanta Legends
(2–6)
ORL SD BIRM ARIZ MEM SA ORL BIRM SL MEM
6–40 12–24 12–28 14–11 23–20 6–37 6–36 9–17    
Birmingham Iron
(5–3)
MEM SL ATL SA ORL SD MEM ATL ARIZ ORL
26–0 12–9 28–12 11–12 14–31 32–29 25–31 17–9    
Memphis Express
(2–6)
BIRM ARIZ ORL SD ATL SL BIRM ORL SA ATL
0–26 18–20 17–21 26–23 20–23 9–22 31–25 31–34    
Orlando Apollos
(7–1)
ATL SA MEM SL BIRM ARIZ ATL MEM SD BIRM
40–6 37–29 21–17 20–11 31–14 17–22 36–6 34–31    
Western Conference
Arizona Hotshots
(5–3)
SL MEM SL ATL SA ORL SD SA BIRM SD
38–22 20–18 15–23 11–14 25–29 22–17 32–15 23–6    
Salt Lake Stallions
(3–5)
ARIZ BIRM ARIZ ORL SD MEM SA SD ATL SA
22–38 9–12 23–15 11–20 25–27 22–9 15–19 8–3    
San Antonio Commanders
(5–3)
SD ORL SD BIRM ARIZ ATL SL ARIZ MEM SL
15–6 29–37 11–31 12–11 29–25 37–6 19–15 6–23    
San Diego Fleet
(3–5)
SA ATL SA MEM SL BIRM ARIZ SL ORL ARIZ
6–15 24–12 31–11 23–26 27–25 29–32 15–32 3–8    

PlayoffsEdit

Following the 10-week regular season, the top two teams in each conference were due to face each other in conference championship games, hosted by the higher seeded team. These semifinals were scheduled for April 21.[11] The winners would then meet in the league championship game on April 27 at a neutral site. Originally, the title game had been set for Sam Boyd Stadium near Las Vegas, Nevada announced October 23, 2018 [1], but was changed to Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on March 20, 2019,[5] before the season was ended.

Semifinals 2019 AAF Championship Game
Sunday, April 21
Spectrum StadiumOrlando, Florida
 E1  Orlando Apollos  
 E2  Birmingham Iron   Saturday, April 27
Ford Center at The StarFrisco, Texas
 
       
Sunday, April 21
To be hosted by W1
     
 
 W1  
 W2    

AttendanceEdit

Announced attendance figures for each home game. In the weekly columns, dashes (—) indicate away games, while bold font indicates the highest attendance of each team. Games marked "N/A" were not played.

Team / Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Average
San Antonio Commanders 27,857 29,176 30,345 23,504 N/A 110,882 27,721
Orlando Apollos 20,191 20,394 18,358 N/A N/A 58,943 19,648
San Diego Fleet 20,019 14,789 20,823 20,986 N/A 76,617 19,154
Birmingham Iron 17,039 17,319 6,539 13,310 17,328 71,535 14,307
Memphis Express 11,980 13,621 13,758 12,417 N/A 51,776 12,944
Atlanta Legends 10,717 10,829 10,619 11,416 N/A 43,581 10,895
Arizona Hotshots 11,751 8,865 9,351 9,760 N/A 39,727 9,932
Salt Lake Stallions 10,412 9,302 8,150 8,405 N/A 36,269 9,067
Total 76,838 78,494 56,312 38,327 54,313 58,113 65,279 61,654     489,330  
Average 19,210 19,624 14,078 9,582 13,578 14,528 16,320 15,414       15,292

Updated through games of March 31, 2019.
Source: [12]

AwardsEdit

Players of the weekEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

Records reflect statistics through the eight regular season games played by all teams.[20]

OfficialsEdit

The league used the eight-official system, also seen in NCAA college football. There were six officiating crews, staffed with officials from FBS conferences.[21]

Referees[21]
No. Name FBS Conference
2 Reggie Smith Big 12
9 Tra Blake ACC
10 John O’Neill Big Ten
19 James Carter SEC
81 Brandon Cruse Big 12
84 Jeff Heaser ACC

The officiating crews included one former NFL official—Jimmy DeBell, a back judge on the Smith crew—and three former NFL players: Nate Jones (side judge, Cruse crew), Terry Killens (umpire, Blake crew), and Mike Morton (umpire, Cruse crew).[21]

BroadcastingEdit

CBS Sports, Turner Sports and NFL Network served as the Alliance's broadcast partners for the 2019 season. The CBS Sports deal was announced at the time the league launched, while the Turner Sports and NFL Network contracts were announced less than two weeks before the season began.[22]

  • CBS Sports carried the two inaugural games (February 9) regionally via the CBS broadcast network, and was due to carry the championship game broadcast nationwide on the same network. CBS later added one conference championship game and one Week 9 regular season game to their schedule,[23] neither of which was played. CBS Sports Network carried a game of the week on Sunday afternoons.[11]
  • The Turner Sports contract included one regular season game (February 16) and a conference championship game on TNT, and a Saturday afternoon game of the week on Bleacher Report's live streaming service, B/R Live. The network had the option to change which service it broadcast its games on, with TNT adding three midseason Saturday afternoon games from B/R Live. Had the league survived the full season, B/R Live would have carried a Sunday afternoon game for Week 9, swapping a game with CBS.[11] In Week 10, B/R Live was due to carry the league's one game of the season scheduled for a Friday.[24]
  • NFL Network carried the remainder of the league's games, a Saturday night game and a Sunday night game each week.

Each AAF team had a local radio partner, and Sirius XM Radio carried a game of the week package.[25]

Local radio coverage
Team Station Affiliation Ref.
Arizona Hotshots KDUS (AM) NBC Sports Radio [26]
Atlanta Legends WCNN (AM) Dickey Broadcasting [27]
Birmingham Iron WERC (AM) iHeartMedia [28]
Memphis Express KWNW (FM) iHeartMedia [29]
Orlando Apollos WTKS-FM iHeartMedia [30]
Salt Lake Stallions KALL (AM) ESPN Radio [31]
San Antonio Commanders KZDC (AM & FM) ESPN Radio [32]
San Diego Fleet KLSD (AM) / KOGO (AM) Fox Sports Radio [33]

Signees to other professional leaguesEdit

NFLEdit

On April 4, the AAF announced players could leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams following the reported suspension of league football operations. The following 97 players signed with NFL teams:

Player Position AAF team Date NFL team Ref.
Garrett Gilbert QB Orlando Apollos April 5 Cleveland Browns [34]
Keith Reaser CB Orlando Apollos April 5 Kansas City Chiefs [35]
Derron Smith FS San Antonio Commanders April 5 Minnesota Vikings [36]
Duke Thomas CB San Antonio Commanders April 5 Minnesota Vikings [36]
Parker Collins OT Atlanta Legends April 5 Carolina Panthers [37]
Kitt O'Brien G Birmingham Iron April 5 Carolina Panthers [37]
Alex Barrett DE San Diego Fleet April 5 Oakland Raiders [38]
J. C. Hassenauer C Birmingham Iron April 5 Pittsburgh Steelers [39]
Jack Tocho FS Birmingham Iron April 5 Pittsburgh Steelers [39]
Damontre Moore DE San Diego Fleet April 5 San Francisco 49ers [40]
Rashad Ross WR Arizona Hotshots April 8 Carolina Panthers [41]
Brandon Greene OT Birmingham Iron April 8 Carolina Panthers [41]
Thomas Duarte TE Arizona Hotshots April 8 Carolina Panthers [41]
T. J. Barnes DT Atlanta Legends April 8 Carolina Panthers [41]
Andrew Lauderdale OT Arizona Hotshots April 8 Arizona Cardinals [42]
Jeremiah Poutasi G Salt Lake Stallions April 8 Arizona Cardinals [42]
Logan Woodside QB San Antonio Commanders April 8 Tennessee Titans [43]
Keith Towbridge TE Atlanta Legends April 8 Tennessee Titans [43]
De'Vante Bausby CB San Antonio Commanders April 8 Denver Broncos [44]
Winston Craig DT San Antonio Commanders April 8 Pittsburgh Steelers [45]
J. T. Jones DE Atlanta Legends April 8 Pittsburgh Steelers [45]
Kameron Kelly CB San Diego Fleet April 8 Pittsburgh Steelers [45]
Andrew Ankrah LB Orlando Apollos April 8 Washington Redskins [46]
Salesi Uhatafe G Salt Lake Stallions April 8 Washington Redskins [46]
De'Mornay Pierson-El WR Salt Lake Stallions April 8 Oakland Raiders [47]
Shakir Soto DT San Diego Fleet April 8 Dallas Cowboys [48]
Luis Perez QB Birmingham Iron April 9 Philadelphia Eagles [49]
Greg Ward Jr. WR San Antonio Commanders April 9 Philadelphia Eagles [49]
Charles Johnson WR Orlando Apollos April 9 Philadelphia Eagles [49]
Michael Dunn G Birmingham Iron April 9 Miami Dolphins [50]
Jayrone Elliott LB San Antonio Commanders April 9 Miami Dolphins [50]
Kenneth Farrow RB San Antonio Commanders April 9 Miami Dolphins [50]
Jaryd Jones-Smith OT San Antonio Commanders April 9 Miami Dolphins [50]
Tyrone Holmes LB San Antonio Commanders April 9 Miami Dolphins [50]
Reece Horn WR Memphis Express April 9 Miami Dolphins [50]
Joey Mbu DT San Antonio Commanders April 9 Miami Dolphins [50]
Karter Schult DE Salt Lake Stallions April 9 Minnesota Vikings [51]
Cole Mazza LS Birmingham Iron April 9 Los Angeles Chargers [52]
Casey Sayles DE Birmingham Iron April 9 Pittsburgh Steelers [53]
Brandon Silvers QB Memphis Express April 10 New York Jets [54]
Cody Brown SS Salt Lake Stallions April 10 Jacksonville Jaguars [55]
Orion Stewart FS San Antonio Commanders April 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers [56]
Greer Martini LB Salt Lake Stallions April 10 Minnesota Vikings [57]
Jordan Martin FS San Diego Fleet April 10 Minnesota Vikings [57]
John Wolford QB Arizona Hotshots April 10 Los Angeles Rams [58]
Henre' Toliver CB Salt Lake Stallions April 11 New York Giants [59]
DeMarquis Gates LB Memphis Express April 11 Washington Redskins [60]
Daniel Brunskill OT San Diego Fleet April 12 San Francisco 49ers [61]
Elliott Fry K Orlando Apollos April 12 Chicago Bears [62]
Chris Odom DE Salt Lake Stallions April 16 Atlanta Falcons [63]
Brant Weiss OT Arizona Hotshots April 16 Arizona Cardinals [64]
Josh Woodrum QB Salt Lake Stallions April 18 Washington Redskins [65]
Trey Johnson CB Birmingham Iron April 18 Denver Broncos [66]
Mike Purcell DT Salt Lake Stallions April 22 Denver Broncos [67]
Ishmael Hyman WR Orlando Apollos April 25 Cleveland Browns [68]
Jeremiah Kolone OG San Diego Fleet April 29 Los Angeles Rams [69]
Taylor Bertolet K Salt Lake Stallions April 29 Denver Broncos [70]
Marcus Baugh TE San Diego Fleet April 30 Carolina Panthers [71]
Cole Hunt TE San Antonio Commanders April 30 Carolina Panthers [71]
Ryan Winslow P Memphis Express May 2 Arizona Cardinals [72]
Aaron Adeoye LB Birmingham Iron May 6 Baltimore Ravens [73]
Terrell Bonds CB Memphis Express May 6 Baltimore Ravens [73]
Jalin Marshall WR Orlando Apollos May 7 Oakland Raiders [74]
Jamar Summers CB Birmingham Iron May 12 Miami Dolphins [75]
Bug Howard TE Atlanta Legends May 13 Denver Broncos [76]
Greg Gilmore DT Memphis Express May 13 Pittsburgh Steelers [77]
Colton Jumper LB Memphis Express May 13 New Orleans Saints [78]
D'Ernest Johnson RB Orlando Apollos May 16 Cleveland Browns [79]
Tony Adams C Atlanta Legends May 16 Miami Dolphins [80]
Austin Larkin LB San Antonio Commanders May 29 Atlanta Falcons [81]
Sione Teuhema LB Arizona Hotshots June 11 Carolina Panthers [82]
Montay Crockett WR Atlanta Legends June 11 Oakland Raiders [83]
Jordan McCray C Orlando Apollos June 13 Chicago Bears [84]
Obum Gwacham DE Arizona Hotshots June 13 Indianapolis Colts [85]
Mark Myers CB Orlando Apollos June 13 New York Jets [86][87]
Austin Traylor TE Salt Lake Stallions July 22 Detroit Lions [88]
Daniel Williams WR Memphis Express July 24 Seattle Seahawks [89]
Isaiah Williams OG Atlanta Legends July 26 Baltimore Ravens [90]
Amba Etta-Tawo WR Birmingham Iron July 27 New York Giants [91]
Hugh Thornton OG Arizona Hotshots July 31 Washington Redskins [92]
Scott Orndoff TE Orlando Apollos July 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers [93]
Chris Thompson WR Orlando Apollos August 3 San Francisco 49ers [94]
Wes Saxton TE Birmingham Iron August 3 Seattle Seahawks [95]
Tracy Sprinkle DT Atlanta Legends August 3 Cleveland Browns [96]
Matt Simms QB Atlanta Legends August 3 Atlanta Falcons [97]
Nick Truesdell TE Salt Lake Stallions August 4 New York Jets [98]
Malcolm Bunche OG Arizona Hotshots August 5 New York Giants [99]
Davis Tull LB Memphis Express August 9 Jacksonville Jaguars [100]
Brandon Barnes TE Memphis Express August 9 Oakland Raiders [101]
Justin Stockton RB Arizona Hotshots August 10 Detroit Lions [102][103]
Akeem Hunt RB Orlando Apollos August 10 Tennessee Titans [104]
Demetrius Rhaney C Memphis Express August 10 Buffalo Bills [105][106]
Ben Johnson TE San Diego Fleet August 14 Los Angeles Chargers [107]
Cameron Nizialek P Atlanta Legends August 17 Baltimore Ravens [108]
Scooby Wright LB Arizona Hotshots August 25 New England Patriots [109]
Siupeli Anau NT Arizona Hotshots August 26 Arizona Cardinals [110]
Jacob Ohnesorge C Arizona Hotshots August 27 Arizona Cardinals [111]

Nine players who were under contract with AAF teams at the time the league ceased operations made initial NFL 53-man active rosters on August 31, 2019: offensive tackle Brandon Greene with the Carolina Panthers,[112] quarterback Garrett Gilbert and running back D'Ernest Johnson with the Cleveland Browns,[113] cornerback De'Vante Bausby and defensive tackle Mike Purcell with the Denver Broncos,[114] long snapper Cole Mazza with the Los Angeles Chargers,[115] kicker Taylor Bertolet with the New York Jets,[116] cornerback Kameron Kelly with the Pittsburgh Steelers,[117] and offensive tackle Daniel Brunskill with the San Francisco 49ers.[118]

CFLEdit

The following players signed with Canadian Football League (CFL) teams:

Player Position AAF team Date CFL team Ref.
Terrance Plummer LB Orlando Apollos April 4 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [119]
Kennan Gilchrist LB Salt Lake Stallions April 17 Toronto Argonauts [119]
Daniel Braverman WR San Antonio Commanders April 17 Calgary Stampeders [119]
David Dean DT Atlanta Legends April 23 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [119]
Leon Johnson OT Salt Lake Stallions April 26 Calgary Stampeders [119]
Josh Stewart WR San Antonio Commanders April 29 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [119]
Shay Fields WR San Diego Fleet April 29 Calgary Stampeders [119]
Nick Temple LB San Antonio Commanders April 30 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [119]
Kevin Anderson QB Orlando Apollos April 30 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [119]
Dylan Wynn DT Arizona Hotshots May 8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [120]
Josh Huff WR Arizona Hotshots May 8 Calgary Stampeders [119]
Chris Martin OT Orlando Apollos May 8 Ottawa Redblacks [119]
Jeremy Faulk DE Birmingham Iron May 10 Saskatchewan Roughriders [119]
Avery Young OT Birmingham Iron May 13 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [119]
Darnell Leslie LB San Antonio Commanders May 14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [119]
Meffy Koloamatangi DE San Diego Fleet May 15 BC Lions [119]
Brett Boyko OT San Diego Fleet May 16 BC Lions [121]
Jonathan Massaquoi DL Birmingham Iron May 17 Calgary Stampeders [122]
Shaheed Salmon LB Birmingham Iron May 19 Ottawa Redblacks [119]
Quan Bray WR Birmingham Iron May 19 Montreal Alouettes [119]
Antonio Simmons DE Atlanta Legends May 20 Montreal Alouettes [119]
Marquis Bundy WR Arizona Hotshots May 20 BC Lions [119]
Freddie Bishop LB Memphis Express May 22 Toronto Argonauts [119]
Ciante Evans CB Salt Lake Stallions May 22 Montreal Alouettes [119]
Latarius Brady DT Memphis Express May 23 Montreal Alouettes [119]
Jordan Leslie WR Salt Lake Stallions May 23 Hamilton Tiger-Cats [119]
Rannell Hall WR Orlando Apollos May 26 Winnipeg Blue Bombers [119]
Travis Feeney LB San Diego Fleet May 29 Montreal Alouettes [119]
Jake Bennett C Salt Lake Stallions June 28 Saskatchewan Roughriders [119]
Earl Okine DE Orlando Apollos July 14 Saskatchewan Roughriders [119]
Da'Sean Downey LB Arizona Hotshots July 21 Calgary Stampeders [119]
Anthony Johnson DE Memphis Express August 13 Calgary Stampeders [119]

The AAF reportedly blocked AAF players from signing with CFL teams, claiming their AAF contracts were "assets in potential bankruptcy proceedings."[123] Plummer, Gilchrist, and Braverman had signed contracts with AAF teams, but had not yet been activated to the roster from their respective teams' rights lists at the time that the AAF suspended football operations. By April 18, CFL players were allowed to sign AAF players.[124]

AFLEdit

The following players signed with Arena Football League (AFL) teams:

Player Position AAF team Date AFL team Ref.
Dwayne Hollis CB Atlanta Legends April 6 Philadelphia Soul [125][126]
Joe Powell S Birmingham Iron April 7 Baltimore Brigade [125]
Anthony Amos WR Arizona Hotshots April 8 Columbus Destroyers [125]
Daronte Bouldin G Memphis Express April 8 Columbus Destroyers [125]
Ervin Philips WR Atlanta Legends April 10 Baltimore Brigade [125]
Malachi Jones WR Atlanta Legends April 10 Albany Empire [125]
Darius Prince WR San Antonio Commanders April 13 Philadelphia Soul [125]
Giorgio Newberry DE Orlando Apollos April 15 Washington Valor [125]
Jordan Thomas CB San Antonio Commanders April 17 Columbus Destroyers [125]
Antonio Guerad DT Orlando Apollos May 8 Albany Empire [125]
Saqwan Edwards CB Arizona Hotshots May 8 Baltimore Brigade [125]
Trenton Thompson DT Arizona Hotshots May 9 Washington Valor [125]
Fred Lauina OG San Antonio Commanders May 13 Philadelphia Soul [125]
Tuni Kanuch OG Salt Lake Stallions May 14 Columbus Destroyers [125]

Wide receiver Malachi Jones received first-team All-Arena, Receiver of the Year, and Offensive Player of the Year honors at the conclusion of the 2019 AFL season.[127] Wide receiver Fabian Guerra was named co-Rookie of the Year as well.[128]

NALEdit

The following three players signed with National Arena League (NAL) teams:

Player Position AAF team Date NAL team Ref.
Corey Crawford DE Memphis Express April 3 Carolina Cobras [129][130]
Fabian Guerra WR Memphis Express April 9 Carolina Cobras [129]
Tre' Jackson OG Orlando Apollos May 17 Massachusetts Pirates [129]

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