Former Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg makes his AAF debut with Memphis Express

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"That was a great atmosphere", said the league's other co-founder, longtime NFL executive Bill Polian.

There were some refreshing twists to the AAF brand of football, which does aim to complement, not compete with, the NFL. He later played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976. For the quarterbacks, a four-round draft was held that allowed teams to protect one player from their region or pick from the entire pool.

It begins with Spurrier, who won the Heisman Trophy as a player at the University of Florida and later put together his best body of work as a coach at his alma mater, a mere 113 miles up the road in Gainesville. The colors on the team's logo are specific representations of Florida. J. K. McKay, the head of football operations for the Alliance, told Pro Football Talk that the league will put an emphasis on keeping the players within the area they played college football.

Like Spurrier, Mike Martz and Mike Singletary, Childress was among the first big-name additions to the AAF roster, bringing a plethora of NFL experience to the upstart league.

There will be five former UCF Knights on the team: Antonio Guerad, Chris Martin, Aaron Evans, Jordan McCray, and Rannell Hall. Hackenberg was waived by Oakland in June, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, completed 7 of 16 passes for 69 yards and two INTs in a preseason game against the Jets and was released the following day.

Basically, there's a big ol' gap in which an upstart football league could try satiate the desire fans have to watch real, live games during the offseason.

Instead of kickoffs, which the league decided slow down the game and create too many injuries, the ball will simply start on the 25-yard line after each score or at the beginning of each half. The NFL Network has agreed to broadcast 19 games throughout the entire season, while CBS will air one AAF game per week. There will be 10 weeks of games with the season wrapping up in April.

However, Hackenberg believed entering Sunday's game that improvement was on the way.

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