81 percent of AAF players have been under contract to NFL teams

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So the Alliance of American Football launches in two hours, and you may be asking yourself whether you should watch the game that will be broadcast on CBS. (For most of the country, it’s San Antonio at San Diego.)

I’ll be watching Bohemian Rhapsody with family tonight, but I’ve set the DVR — something I didn’t plan to do as recently as Thursday. Which counts as progress, I suppose.

For those of you who remain undecided, consider this: According to the AAF, 81 percent of the players on the league’s eight teams have been under contract to NFL teams. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’ve played in NFL regular-season games; but they at least have worn an NFL helmet and participated in NFL practices and, for many of them, at least played in preseason games.

Consider the number of major college football programs, and how few NFL teams exist in comparison. There are plenty of guys who can play who never get the chance to show what they can do and/or develop better skills at the NFL level.

Having lower-level leagues is good for these platers, but not necessarily good for the guys who currently have spots on NFL rosters. Those extra practice and game reps could make plenty of the AAF (and, next year, XFL) players better suited to compete with guys who otherwise would keep NFL jobs.

That’s the one inescapable truth that gets forgotten whenever we root for a Hard Knocks underdog to make an NFL roster. For every upstart who makes it, someone else doesn’t. Still, if the idea is that competition leads to better quality, more football leads to enhanced competition leads to, in theory, an improved product.

And that’s the best case I can make for giving it a look. If the games aren’t interesting, if they aren’t presented in an intriguing and engaging way, and if they don’t produce highlights that make those who didn’t watch the games feel like they missed out on something, nothing I can say will allow any alternative pro football league to ever make it.

19 responses to “81 percent of AAF players have been under contract to NFL teams

  1. They should wait a month or two. We just saw the best teams play now we will see teams that couldn’t beat some college’s.

  2. I’ll check it out. There’s always another Kurt Warner bouncing around, trying to catch the eye of an NFL team. If any of the new leagues try to sign college players before they’re NFL eligible, I won’t watch one minute.

  3. That’s a good point Mike, but, this is the first year of the AAF. If it is successful, you can bet that there will be better synergy with the NFL and especially with players that are currently on the back end of the 90-man rosters. Surely, a league that only plays in the NFL offseason will be able to figure out how to get some of these players an opportunity.

  4. Like NFL Europe I bet there will be a handful of people that shine in the minor league and turn out to be pretty good NFL players when they’re given a shot or a 2nd one.

  5. I’m going to give it a shot. I was trying to convince my dad to do the same, don’t think it worked. My fear is that it’ll be like trying to watch a preseason game and I’ll lose interest after about ten minutes

  6. Surprisingly, the first quarter of SD@SA has been pretty entertaining if for nothing else other than that helmet popping sack. Seem to be a lot of big plays without completely abandoning the run game and the best part is probably the lack of flags.

  7. How can you support the NFL the way it has been the last few years? And you call it good football? Between cheating Brady, all the wife and girlfriend beaters still on teams, un patriotic crap they put on before the kickoffs, I cant understand why there are not less watching the garbage NFL. And the proof was in the numbers for the Drooper Bowl, lowest numbers in years. Our support needs to go to leagues like this since the overpaid millionaires wont be round much longer.

  8. How can you support the NFL the way it has been the last few years? And you call it good football? Between cheating Brady, all the wife and girlfriend beaters still on teams, un patriotic crap they put on before the kickoffs, I cant understand why there are not less watching the garbage NFL. And the proof was in the numbers for the Drooper Bowl, lowest numbers in years. Our support needs to go to leagues like this since the overpaid millionaires wont be round much longer.

  9. BuckyBadger says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm
    They should wait a month or two. We just saw the best teams play now we will see teams that couldn’t beat some college’s.

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    81% of these players have touched NFL rosters, meaning they’re better than 90% of college players. In other words, the worst AAF roster would smoke Alabama.

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