Happy Thanksgiving everybody! A football league is dead.
I didn’t watch much AFL and I can’t call myself a fan. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t watch a few games on a random afternoon because I’m a lover of all things football.
The field was shrunken, the players were sprinting well before the ball was snapped, and guys were getting clobbered into the wall like hockey. I was actually entertained.
The AFL was never an actual form of competition to the NFL. Yes, it had some TV deals with ESPN, CBS, NBC & ESPN throughout its history, but it was never a mainstay program and was constantly shuffled around for other sports.
The AFL did produce some well-known names to the NFL such as:
-NFL & AFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner player for the Iowa Barnstormers for 3 seasons
-Super Bowl Champion and XFL MVP Tommy Maddox played a season for the New Jersey Red Dogs before resurrecting his career with the Steelers
-Recently-fired Redskins coach Jay Gruden is a 4-time Arena Bowl champ as a player and 2-time champ as a coach
-Kickers Mike Vanderjagt and Jay Feely both started their careers in the AFL and went on to have successful careers in the NFL
-And Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy player six seasons for 4 different teams in the AFL before starting his coaching career
As you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinners and roll your eyes at your two aunts fighting about who’s going to host Christmas, pour a little beer out for the Arena Football League. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible, but it was football and dammit, it deserves some respect.
XFL Season starts Saturday, February 8th at 2 PM eastern!!