After a month-long training camp in San Antonio, the Apollos returned home to Orlando with their final 52-player roster to prepare to officially kick-off their first season within the AAF at UCF's Spectrum Stadium on Saturday against the Atlanta Legends.
The Alliance of American Football made its debut on Saturday, and Bercovici was part of one of the league's first highlights - though he was on the wrong end.
The Legends will head back to Atlanta to regroup before heading out next week to play the San Diego Fleet on the road. What's more, the AAF uses a recruitment model created to attract players to their teams who are already popular in home markets. "They saw enough good plays after the first quarter when we finally put on a good show". Almost 21,000 people showed up and saw the Apollos beat the Atlanta Legends, 40-6, with Spurrier, 73, coaching for the first time since 2015.
While Gilbert is taking it one day at a time and not focusing on a return to the NFL, Appleby sees it as an opportunity for players to get back to the league.
After just one half of play in the AAF, Hackenberg's numbers are fairly abysmal.
He wound up being taken by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2016 National Football League draft, but failed to see any action in two years with the team. Every AAF game will be available to watch thanks to the league's media partners - CBS, Turner Sports, and NFL Network. Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier spoke about the crowd after the game. "I think we had a pretty good crowd, 20,000 wasn't bad".
Ebersol told Fox Business that the AAF plans to roll out new features that will reward users for guessing the correct play or outcome, with points that can be exchanged for cash prizes and other perks.
The AAF is a brand new eight-team league which will not only showcase local and developing talent, but it will complement the NFL during the offseason. The other three - Birmingham Iron, Orlando Apollos and Salt Lake Stallions - have nearly no connection to Halas Hall. From five yards out, the Apollos ran a play that, for many fans, is all too familiar now. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
As of the AAF's opening weekend, the only former Saints player on the Memphis roster was linebacker Davis Tull, a UT-Chattanooga graduate who was waived in 2016.