AAF will use the same eligibility rules as the NFL

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Trevor Lawrence won’t be joining The Alliance.

Even if the Clemson quarterback were inclined to jump to the level of football where he could be paid, the fledgling Alliance of American Football won’t be giving him a landing spot. According to an AAF spokesman, the league will be applying the same eligibility rules as the NFL.

This means that no players will be eligible to play in the AAF until at least three years after the graduation of their high school classes.

It’s not a surprise, given that the AAF seems to be trying to position itself to be a full and complete complement to the NFL, with the apparent goal of becoming the unofficial NFL minor league. (Or, possibly, an acquisition target by the league, making it the official NFL Jr.)

This approach creates an even greater opening for the XFL to distinguish itself from the AAF. With the XFL already one year behind the AAF, luring Lawrence for the 2020 debut would be a great way to capture attention, eyeballs, dollars, etc.

At a time when Lawrence would have no viable pro alternatives, the XFL would be competing financially only with the wholesale value of an “education” that Lawrence does not need, and may not want. Besides, joining the XFL would include an opportunity for Lawrence to profit from his name and likeness, something he won’t be able to do for as long as he plays college football.

So there’s the free advice for Lawrence in a nutshell: Play college football for one more year, strike the best possible deal with the XFL for 2020, and then prepare for the 2021 draft.

28 responses to “AAF will use the same eligibility rules as the NFL

  1. AAF obviously doesn’t want any issues with the NFL so what the heck are they going to be?? Another avenue to properly fill out NFL practice squad rosters? XFL will be a better product but watch it be squashed by the NFL in courts over anything possible.

  2. The NFL can’t be happy at the prospect of the XFL playing with their new toys and possibly damaging them. Not unlike me sneaking out the neighbor kids new Tonka trucks and giving them a spin in the flower bed…..

  3. So there’s the free advice for Lawrence in a nutshell: Play college football for one more year, strike the best possible deal with the XFL for 2020, and then prepare for the 2021 draft.
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    Here’s some grown up advise: Get a college degree tuition free.

  4. I don’t believe any business should have the right to determine an arbitrary age limit to be allowed to work there. If a 17 or 18 year old wants to play in the NFL, they should be allowed to.

  5. Isn’t the NFL Draft for amateurs only? I don’t see a scenario where he could be drafted AFTER playing a s a professional for a year. In the AFL days, a guy who was drafted by the nfl would only then go sign with the afl…

  6. At a time when Lawrence would have no viable pro alternatives, the XFL would be competing financially only with the wholesale value of an “education” that Lawrence does not need, and may not want.
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    That’s some serious hubris to speculate what someone you’ve never met may need or want. Money believe it or not means less to some people in this world.

  7. “So there’s the free advice for Lawrence in a nutshell: Play college football for one more year, strike the best possible deal with the XFL for 2020, and then prepare for the 2021 draft.”
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    More free advice for Trevor Lawrence: Let every sorority on campus know your dorm room number and the next two years will fly by.

  8. College players “attend” college free, if you ever looked at their practice schedule and travel time, there is very little time for class or homework. As far as free, one game day check would cover a BS degree and a Masters. The rest of the 3 years worth of checks could pay for his books, beer and pizza.

  9. yooperman says:
    January 8, 2019 at 7:32 pm
    College players “attend” college free, if you ever looked at their practice schedule and travel time, there is very little time for class or homework. As far as free, one game day check would cover a BS degree and a Masters. The rest of the 3 years worth of checks could pay for his books, beer and pizza.
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    78% of NFL players are either bankrupt or are under financial stress within two years of retirement.

  10. If everything is going to be the same as the NFL, but just with lower level of play, then what’s the draw to watch it?

  11. He ain’t gonna do that. This is a pipe dream of everyone who wants to “stick it to the NFL and the NCAA”. And listen I think college football players at these D1 schools should be paid, I don’t like it either. But that game you watched The national championship? There’s an intangible value to playing in that game, on that stage, and Lawrence won’t give that up to play football for a year against a bunch of guys who are never gonna make it but will be trying hard to knock him out of the game. He’s not gonna trade Clemson and the National stage to play in some D league even if it is for a few million bucks. Have you seen NFL qb contracts? He’s gonna make enough in his career that one year in the XFL would be peanuts.

  12. XFL will step up and forego that nonsense rule. I’m still convinced that the NFL is only backing the AAF in hopes that the XFL will fail, to which the AAF will then promptly disband.

  13. Or maybe stay in school and get a free degree so when you flame out as 90% of players do you have a backup plan.
    Signed, Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, Vince Young, Christian Ponder and thousands others. Ask Maurice Clarett how it worked out for him.

  14. Smart move by AAF, XFL will fold in 2 years & AAF can buy their franchises for pennies on the dollar & become NFL’s minor league. Brains over Greed.

  15. “So there’s the free advice for Lawrence in a nutshell: Play college football for one more year, strike the best possible deal with the XFL for 2020, and then prepare for the 2021 draft.”
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    Right. Go play for a minor league team with maybe 2,000 fans per game with coaches that aren’t even good enough to get a job at the pro or college level.

    The NFL and NCAA won’t care. NFL scouts are at college games and won’t bother watching XFL players – meaning Lawrence loses all the free exposure & the hype of millions of fans. Like Manziel in the CFL, he’ll disappear from mainstream media and lose whatever draft appeal he has.

  16. mackcarrington, it’s not an arbitrary age limit. It’s a 3-years-removed-from-high school limit. There was a 1st round pick named Amobi Okoye who was a texans 1st round pick at 19 years old in 2007. He was 4 years removed from high school. There is no age limit.

  17. Skip 3 years of college, get drafted, have football-ending injury in preseason = still has plenty of money to go back to school and join the rest of us in the real world.

    or

    Be made to stay three years, have same injury in pre-aseason of jr year – lose chance at NFL AND scholarship.

    Whys is this even a question? – let them play!!

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