Former NFL RB Trent Richardson rushes for two TDs in AAF debut

Orlando Apollos rout Atlanta in AAF debut, 40-6

It couldn't have been a better debut for the Orlando Apollos on Saturday. With the National Football League championship over and done, the AAF is slated to kick off today with several games across the nation.

There's been demand for a pro football spring league for quite some time, and someone finally made a decision to seize the moment: the Alliance of American Football, or AAF.

With a 52-man roster featuring 29 players from nine Florida colleges, there's a local feel to the Apollos for fans of the hometown team.

Co-founder Bill Polian was very excited to announce the beginning of this new league, but was very direct in his intentions behind the league.

While the first three AAF football games were televised on CBS, this game will exclusively air on the NFL Network cable TV channel.

The AAF will continue to look to keep football fans' attention during the offseason.

In overtime, each team will get the ball at the opposing 10-yard line.

Keep an eye on these key differences from the National Football League, as chronicled last week by The Post's Matt Bonesteel. Both games had a course of defensive stops and some unbelievable plays down the field. Those 8 AAF teams are: Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, San Diego Fleet.

After the way that the AAF got started on Saturday, there is real hype about the new football league taking the world by storm.

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. But with just about a month until Atlanta's AAF kickoff, he departed for what McKay deemed his "next endeavor", leaving Coyle to become a head coach for the first time in his career. 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.

"Quality football is important, but football is not the engine", Ebersol said.

"We're disappointed", Legends coach Kevin Coyle said. CBS Sports Network will televise one game a week, the NFL Network will show 19 games, and TNT and B-R Live will also carry broadcasts of the action throughout the season.

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