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The Arizona Hotshots were a professional American football franchise based in Tempe, Arizona, and one of the eight members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which played one season from February 2019 to April 2019.[1] They played their home games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. The Hotshots were one of two AAF teams based in a city that already had an NFL team (the Arizona Cardinals; the other team was the Atlanta Legends, where the NFL's Falcons were based). The Hotshots were coached by former USFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel. Scott Brubaker was the team president and Phil Savage was the general manager.

Arizona Hotshots
Established 2018
Folded 2019
Played in Sun Devil Stadium
in Tempe, Arizona
aaf.com/arizona-hotshots/
Arizona Hotshots logo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019)
  • Western Conference (2019)
Team colorsGreen, Orange and Yellow
              
Personnel
PresidentScott Brubaker
General managerPhil Savage
Head coachRick Neuheisel
Team history
  • Arizona Hotshots (2019)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended,[2][3] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams.[4] The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019.[5] At the time of the bankruptcy, the Hotshots owed over $1.2 million to Arizona State University for leasing Sun Devil Stadium.[6]

HistoryEdit

Rick Neuheisel was announced as the head coach of the Arizona Hotshots by the Alliance of American Football on May 18, 2018. The team was slated to play at Sun Devil Stadium.[7] By September 25, Scott Brubaker and Phil Savage were named team president and general manager, respectively.[8]

Phoenix's name and logo were revealed on September 25, 2018, as the Arizona Hotshots along with the other three western teams.[9] The name is a tribute to the region's firefighters, nicknamed hotshots, while the color scheme of green, orange, and yellow are commonly worn by such fire crews. The team's logo is a pair of crossed pickhead axes, which are used by structural firefighters and not the wildland firefighters the team is named for.[10] The branding was developed by the national office then handed off to the team staff. Reception of the name was mixed, with some arguing it "exploits the memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots."[8] On March 3, 2019, the team retired No. 19 to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.[11][12]

On October 11, 2018, the team named Hugh Freeze as the offensive coordinator and the rest of the coaching staff.[13] In the 2019 AAF QB Draft, the Hotshots did not protect the assigned (by geographical method) quarterback Mike Bercovici in the first round and instead selected Trevor Knight for his speed.[14] The final 52-man roster was set on January 30.[15]

In January 2019, the Hotshots held their preseason camp in San Antonio.[8] They won their season opener at Sun Devil Stadium on February 10, 2019, against the Salt Lake Stallions.[16]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

Arizona Hotshots staff

Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Allocation poolEdit

The Hotshots owned the rights to players from designated schools:[17]

Players not affiliated with any of the designated teams could sign with any AAF team.

Final rosterEdit

2019 Arizona Hotshots final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Rights list

  • Vacant


52 Active, 4 Inactive

2019 seasonEdit

2019 Arizona Hotshots season
Head coachRick Neuheisel
General managerPhil Savage
Home fieldSun Devil Stadium
Results
Record5–3
League place1st (tie), Western Conference
Arizona Hotshots

Final standingsEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Day Date Opponent Results Location
Score Record
Monday January 28 at Birmingham Iron W 37–17 Alamodome

Regular seasonEdit

All times local to Tempe, as Arizona does not use daylight saving time. Arizona's year-round MST is equivalent to PDT after March 9.

Week Day Date Kickoff TV Opponent Results Location
Score Record
1 Sunday February 10 6:00 p.m. NFLN Salt Lake Stallions W 38–22 1–0 Sun Devil Stadium
2 Saturday February 16 6:00 p.m. NFLN at Memphis Express W 20–18 2–0 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
3 Saturday February 23 1:00 p.m. B/R Live at Salt Lake Stallions L 15–23 2–1 Rice–Eccles Stadium
4 Sunday March 3 6:00 p.m. NFLN Atlanta Legends L 11–14 2–2 Sun Devil Stadium
5 Sunday March 10 5:00 p.m. NFLN San Antonio Commanders L 25–29 2–3 Sun Devil Stadium
6 Saturday March 16 5:00 p.m. NFLN at Orlando Apollos W 22–17 3–3 Spectrum Stadium
7 Sunday March 24 1:00 p.m. CBSSN San Diego Fleet W 32–15 4–3 Sun Devil Stadium
8 Sunday March 31 5:00 p.m. NFLN at San Antonio Commanders W 23–6 5–3 Alamodome
9 Sunday April 7 5:00 p.m. NFLN Birmingham Iron Not played Sun Devil Stadium
10 Sunday April 14 5:00 p.m. NFLN at San Diego Fleet SDCCU Stadium

[18]

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: Salt LakeEdit

Week One: Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Stallions 0 16 0622
Hotshots 8 11 16338

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Game information

Week 2: at MemphisEdit

Week Two: Arizona Hotshots at Memphis Express – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Hotshots 0 0 61420
Express 9 3 0618

at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Game information

Week 3: at Salt LakeEdit

Week Three: Arizona Hotshots at Salt Lake Stallions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Hotshots 0 9 3315
Stallions 3 6 6823

at Rice–Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

Game information

Week 4: AtlantaEdit

Week Four: Atlanta Legends at Arizona Hotshots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Legends 2 6 0614
Hotshots 0 3 0811

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Game information

Week 5: San AntonioEdit

Week Five: San Antonio Commanders at Arizona Hotshots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Commanders 14 12 0329
Hotshots 0 0 81725

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Game information

Week 6: at OrlandoEdit

Week Six: Arizona Hotshots at Orlando Apollos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Hotshots 3 11 0822
Apollos 6 3 0817

at Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Game information

In an upset, the Hotshots beat the Apollos to ruin their chances at a perfect season. (They fall to 5–1) With the win, they improve to 3–3.

Week 7: San DiegoEdit

Week Seven: San Diego Fleet at Arizona Hotshots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Fleet 9 6 0015
Hotshots 9 14 0932

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Game information

Week 8: at San AntonioEdit

Week Eight: Arizona Hotshots at San Antonio Commanders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Hotshots 6 9 0823
Commanders 0 3 306

at Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Game information

MediaEdit

In addition to league-wide television coverage through NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, TNT, and B/R Live, Hotshots' games were also broadcast on local radio by KDUS, an NBC Sports Radio affiliate.[27]

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ a b c Avila, Ricardo (September 28, 2018). "Hotshots: Support, criticism follows new Arizona pro football team's name". Arizona Sports. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
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  12. ^ "Photo: Arizona Hotshots retire No. 19 in honor of Granite Mountain 19". The Daily Courier. March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
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