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It clearly wasn't the National Football League, as anyone watching San Antonio's 15-6 victory over San Diego quickly discovered when Shaan Washington delivered a monster hit on Fleet quarterback Mike Bercovici.

If the players, teams, or physicality sound unfamiliar to an NFL-trained ear, it's because the matchup marked the league opener for the Alliance of American Football.

Meanwhile, before fans could get seated after cheering the first score less than two minutes the Apollos scored again this time it was a one-yard rushing score from De'Veon Smith.

With time now even more against them, expect to see some QBs panicking at the line of scrimmage, and possibly a few delay of game penalties here and there. The AAF's play clock is 35 seconds, five seconds shorter than the NFL.

Instead of kicking an extra point, teams have to attempt a two-point conversion after every touchdown. They saw The Head Ball Coach, a.k.a Steve Spurrier bring his "fun and gun offense", that excited Florida Gators fans for years to Orlando as his Apollos flew past the Atlanta Legends 40-6. "The ol' ball coach" played quarterback at the University of Florida, where in 1966 he was awarded the Heisman Trophy.

But what kind of Spurrier team would it be if there wasn't a trick play used by his new Apollos?

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Each player in the nascent league signed the same deal: a three-year, $250,000 contract with an option to opt-out if the NFL comes calling during the offseason.

One of the brilliant things that the AAF has done in trying to make the league get off the ground with a solid following is their allocation of players to teams.

There will be five former UCF Knights on the team: Antonio Guerad, Chris Martin, Aaron Evans, Jordan McCray, and Rannell Hall.

There were plenty of highlights in the league's opening night.

The AAF has already found multiple broadcast partners for the 2019 season. There will be 10 weeks of games with the season wrapping up in April. TNT and Bleacher Report Live will also broadcast on AAF regular season game and one playoff game.

There are eight inaugural franchises in the AAF: the Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, and San Diego Fleet.


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