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Want to root for the Browns...even is you don't have the Browns to root for?   The Alliance of American Football apparently has designated each team to have player rights with NFL teams.   Unfortuneately, since there are only 8 AAF teams, each one must have 4 NFL affiliates.

The Birmingham Iron are the Browns player rights affiliates in the AAF.    But...the same team is also affiliated with the Patriots,  Bills, and Steelers:

Nevertheless, it appears that Birmingham is "our" team in the AAF:

Here is their current roster:

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

  Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

  Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

 

Look at the name I highlighted in Red!!

 

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Also, here is their schedule and coaching staff:

Season 1[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Source
1 February 10, 2019 Memphis Express     Legion Field [6]
2 February 16, 2019 Salt Lake Stallions    
3 February 24, 2019 Atlanta Legends     Georgia State Stadium
4 March 2, 2019 San Antonio Commanders     Legion Field
5 March 9, 2019 Orlando Apollos    
6 March 17, 2019 San Diego Fleet     SDCCU Stadium
7 March 24, 2019 Memphis Express     Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
8 March 31, 2019 Atlanta Legends     Legion Field
9 April 7, 2019 Arizona Hotshots     Sun Devil Stadium
10 April 14, 2019 Orlando Apollos     Spectrum Stadium

Staff[edit]

Birmingham Iron staff
 
 
Front office
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
   
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coordinator/Tight ends – Ray Rychleski
  • Assistant special teams/Secondary – Martin Bayless

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That can't be the same Trent Richardson can it?  Please tell me there is another guy with the same name.

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1 hour ago, The Gipper said:

Look at the name I highlighted in Red!!

 

1 hour ago, The Gipper said:

 

Birmingham Iron sta
 
 

Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks – Steve Logan

     

 

that guy in red? He'll be lucky to get 10 carries per game. Steve Logan will throw the ball all over the yard. Logan is one of the good football guys. Blues guitar player, and don't play The Blue's trivia games with. And could have been found drinking any good fine wine list at a Hoorta swill.;) Steve was Kapernick's QB coach at 9'ers with Tomsula. Till the Kap stuff, staff all got let go. Logan returned to his radio show in Raleigh,NC. I won some wife bling earrings. The answer was Larry Bird not Danny Manning from Kansas. Anywho, I met Logan walking out of the radio station in the lobby picking up my wifes bling. Me "Coach Logan" he knows my radio voice than notices my T-Shirt. Logan say's "Mary Wait!, He's a Browns Fan! I said earrings a no to Super Bowl Rings" 😂    

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It looks like they have a female defense of line coach unless that is a man by the name of Lori   In checking yes it’s a girl

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I've already decided I'm an Atlanta Legends fan.

Might favorite player is on the roster. 

 

Plus Mike Vick is the OC

 

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4 hours ago, MLD Woody said:

I've already decided I'm an Atlanta Legends fan.

Might favorite player is on the roster. 

 

Plus Mike Vick is the OC

 

There are 4 former Buckeyes on that roster...which one is your favorite?

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While the Birmingham team is Browns affiliated, I think that I may become more of a San Antonio Commanders fan....maybe, since my daughter lives in San Antonio.....plus, they have 2 Akron U players on their current roster!!

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From the Medina Gazette

While most of the country gets prepared to watch the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams face off in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, Wadsworth native Bishop Sankey is among a group of players and coaches working to jumpstart a new football endeavor.

Sankey is currently training in San Antonio as a running back for the San Diego Fleet, one of eight teams preparing to compete in the inaugural season of the Association of American Football (AAF).

“Things are going really well right now,” Sankey said in a phone interview. “Everybody’s grinding, just taking it one day at a time. Lots of guys are just excited about the chance to play football and the chance to play in this new league.”

The Fleet offers Sankey a chance to re-boot his professional career, which was cut short before the start of his fourth season in the NFL by a torn ACL suffered in the first preseason game of 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings.

“My knee is feeling really good right now,” Sankey said. “I’m working to be able to make all the moves and cuts I need to on the field.”

Sankey has been impressed by the level of coaching and knowledge that is present in the league. San Diego is coached by Mike Martz, who is best known as the mastermind of the “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams teams from the turn of the century. Martz’s Rams teams featured Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk having some of the best years of his career.

“Coach Martz is a legend and has done a great job of teaching not just about the game, but about life,” Sankey said. “All of the coaches are really knowledgeable, and the league has done a good job of bringing in coaches with NFL experience. It’s great being around this level of wisdom.”

Sankey was born in Wadsworth and lived there until he was 8. He still considers the area to be home and returns to visit family members as often as he can.

“I’m still really fond of Wadsworth and the Akron area,” he said. “It just has a nice, homey feel. I love the passion the people in Ohio have for their sports teams and just for who they are.

“I still have a lot of family in the area that I try to visit at least a few times a year and I still consider it to be just like home.”

When Sankey was 8, his father’s career in the Air Force took the family to Dayton, which was a small precursor to a much larger move to come. When Sankey was in the eighth grade, Christopher Sankey’s career took his family to Spokane, Wash.

“It was a really transforming time for me,” Sankey said. “Moving across the country was a big deal, but it taught me some really important life lessons. If I didn’t move out west, the University of Washington probably doesn’t recruit me.”

The 5-foot-10, 202-pound running back enrolled at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, where he had a prolific career under coach Dave McKenna. Sankey was named the Greater Spokane League MVP in 2010, when the senior rushed for a conference record 2,518 yards, including 359 against Mead High School. Sankey finished as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,355 yards and was a two-time All-Washington running back.

“I had a great time playing for Gonzaga,” Sankey said. “Coach McKenna was a great coach.”

After his time with the Bullpups, Sankey went on to star for the Huskies. In three seasons, the talented runner gained 4,062 yards from scrimmage and scored 38 touchdowns. Sankey had career bests with 1,869 yards rushing, 304 yards receiving and 21 touchdowns in 2013, his final season at Washington.

“I just remember those as some of the best years of my life growing up,” Sankey said. “It was my first time away from home and I had a lot of fun playing in the PAC-12, going up and down the West Coast playing with players and coaches that are just really great people.”

Following his junior season with the Huskies, Sankey declared for the NFL Draft and was the first running back selected in 2014, by the Tennessee Titans in the second round.

Sankey spent two seasons with the Titans, amassing 762 yards rushing and 272 receiving with 23 touchdowns. After the 2015 season with Tennessee, he went from the New England Patriots practice squad to the Kansas City Chiefs and then the Vikings in 2016 without entering a game.

“It’s been a roller coaster, but I’m thankful for my time in the NFL and that the AAF has given me a chance to work to get back there,” Sankey said. “It really has been a childhood dream of mine to play football in the NFL.”

While he hopes to play in the NFL again, Sankey is focused on living in the moment and making the most out of his opportunity with the Fleet.

“We have high expectations for this season,” he said. “We’re aiming for a championship.”

The Fleet will play its home games at San Diego Stadium, the former home of the San Diego Chargers. The team begins play Feb. 9 on the road against the San Antonio Commanders. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, with playoffs to follow.

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I hope it catches on and does well.  Maybe one day there will be 32 teams and the NFl finally has a minor league program.

 

Even better, maybe the NFL teams up with colleges and has exclusive rights to college players.

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5 hours ago, The Gipper said:

From the Medina Gazette

While most of the country gets prepared to watch the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams face off in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, Wadsworth native Bishop Sankey is among a group of players and coaches working to jumpstart a new football endeavor.

Sankey is currently training in San Antonio as a running back for the San Diego Fleet, one of eight teams preparing to compete in the inaugural season of the Association of American Football (AAF).

“Things are going really well right now,” Sankey said in a phone interview. “Everybody’s grinding, just taking it one day at a time. Lots of guys are just excited about the chance to play football and the chance to play in this new league.”

The Fleet offers Sankey a chance to re-boot his professional career, which was cut short before the start of his fourth season in the NFL by a torn ACL suffered in the first preseason game of 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings.

“My knee is feeling really good right now,” Sankey said. “I’m working to be able to make all the moves and cuts I need to on the field.”

Sankey has been impressed by the level of coaching and knowledge that is present in the league. San Diego is coached by Mike Martz, who is best known as the mastermind of the “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams teams from the turn of the century. Martz’s Rams teams featured Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk having some of the best years of his career.

“Coach Martz is a legend and has done a great job of teaching not just about the game, but about life,” Sankey said. “All of the coaches are really knowledgeable, and the league has done a good job of bringing in coaches with NFL experience. It’s great being around this level of wisdom.”

Sankey was born in Wadsworth and lived there until he was 8. He still considers the area to be home and returns to visit family members as often as he can.

“I’m still really fond of Wadsworth and the Akron area,” he said. “It just has a nice, homey feel. I love the passion the people in Ohio have for their sports teams and just for who they are.

“I still have a lot of family in the area that I try to visit at least a few times a year and I still consider it to be just like home.”

When Sankey was 8, his father’s career in the Air Force took the family to Dayton, which was a small precursor to a much larger move to come. When Sankey was in the eighth grade, Christopher Sankey’s career took his family to Spokane, Wash.

“It was a really transforming time for me,” Sankey said. “Moving across the country was a big deal, but it taught me some really important life lessons. If I didn’t move out west, the University of Washington probably doesn’t recruit me.”

The 5-foot-10, 202-pound running back enrolled at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, where he had a prolific career under coach Dave McKenna. Sankey was named the Greater Spokane League MVP in 2010, when the senior rushed for a conference record 2,518 yards, including 359 against Mead High School. Sankey finished as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,355 yards and was a two-time All-Washington running back.

“I had a great time playing for Gonzaga,” Sankey said. “Coach McKenna was a great coach.”

After his time with the Bullpups, Sankey went on to star for the Huskies. In three seasons, the talented runner gained 4,062 yards from scrimmage and scored 38 touchdowns. Sankey had career bests with 1,869 yards rushing, 304 yards receiving and 21 touchdowns in 2013, his final season at Washington.

“I just remember those as some of the best years of my life growing up,” Sankey said. “It was my first time away from home and I had a lot of fun playing in the PAC-12, going up and down the West Coast playing with players and coaches that are just really great people.”

Following his junior season with the Huskies, Sankey declared for the NFL Draft and was the first running back selected in 2014, by the Tennessee Titans in the second round.

Sankey spent two seasons with the Titans, amassing 762 yards rushing and 272 receiving with 23 touchdowns. After the 2015 season with Tennessee, he went from the New England Patriots practice squad to the Kansas City Chiefs and then the Vikings in 2016 without entering a game.

“It’s been a roller coaster, but I’m thankful for my time in the NFL and that the AAF has given me a chance to work to get back there,” Sankey said. “It really has been a childhood dream of mine to play football in the NFL.”

While he hopes to play in the NFL again, Sankey is focused on living in the moment and making the most out of his opportunity with the Fleet.

“We have high expectations for this season,” he said. “We’re aiming for a championship.”

The Fleet will play its home games at San Diego Stadium, the former home of the San Diego Chargers. The team begins play Feb. 9 on the road against the San Antonio Commanders. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, with playoffs to follow.

He had 23 TDs in 2 seasons?

Z

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1 hour ago, Zombo said:

He had 23 TDs in 2 seasons?

Z

That is what the article says but I didn’t confirm it. 

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8 hours ago, The Gipper said:

That is what the article says but I didn’t confirm it. 

He had 3 rushing and 1 receiving.

Z

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2 hours ago, Zombo said:

He had 3 rushing and 1 receiving.

Z

They must have been referring to his college career.

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Are you football fans ready???     the AAF starts a week from Saturday......so we will not go a single week (except this week...Pro Bowl don't count)  without football:

AAF SCHEDULE - WEEK 1
Saturday, February 9
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Atlanta at Orlando 8:00pm CBS Buy Tickets
San Diego at San Antonio 8:00pm CBS Buy Tickets
Sunday, February 10
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Memphis at Birmingham 2:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Salt Lake at Arizona 4:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
AAF SCHEDULE - WEEK 2
Saturday, February 16
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Salt Lake at Birmingham 3:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Arizona at Memphis 8:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Sunday, February 17
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Orlando at San Antonio 4:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Atlanta at San Diego 8:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
AAF SCHEDULE - WEEK 3
Saturday, February 23
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Arizona at Salt Lake 3:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Memphis at Orlando 8:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Sunday, February 24
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Birmingham at Atlanta 4:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
San Antonio at San Diego 8:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
AAF SCHEDULE - WEEK 4
Saturday, March 2
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Orlando at Salt Lake 4:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
San Diego at Memphis 8:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Sunday, March 3
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Atlanta at Arizona 8:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
San Antonio at Birmingham 4:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
AAF SCHEDULE - WEEK 5
Saturday, March 9
Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile Tickets
Orlando at Birmingham 2:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets
Salt Lake at San Diego 8:00pm TV TBA Buy Tickets

 

Not sure why the dates did not come up.  First games are to be played on Sat. Feb. 9th.    https://fbschedules.com/aaf-schedule/

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"My" teams....the one that plays where my daughter lives, and the one who my home boy plays for, meet each other in that first week. (SA vs. SD)

The Birmingham Browns play  the Memphis Ghoolies.   

(shouldn't you let him back on at least to talk about "his" team)

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I think I may like the Battleship logo best.  Though, Birmingham does have elegant simplicity going for them.Screen-Shot-2018-09-25-at-12.22.44-PM.pn

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5 hours ago, The Gipper said:

"My" teams....the one that plays where my daughter lives, and the one who my home boy plays for, meet each other in that first week. (SA vs. SD)

The Birmingham Browns play  the Memphis Ghoolies.   

(shouldn't you let him back on at least to talk about "his" team)

FIFY  If I want Ghoolie's opinion, I'll ask him on FaceBook. No further Board contamination will be permitted without express written permission from Kathy....  :D  

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The Irons looked pretty good today. 26-0 Shutout ... Even if it was against Christian Hackaturd.

I like their logo-less helmets.

The QB, Perez, looks like he has a quick release, saw he was in camp with Rams last year, might be worth a looksie, time to groom a young backup.

Zombo

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5 hours ago, Zombo said:

The Irons looked pretty good today. 26-0 Shutout ... Even if it was against Christian Hackaturd.

I lie their logo-less helmets.

The QB, Perez, looks like he has a quick release, saw he was in camp with Rams last year, might be worth a looksie, time to groom a young backup.

Zombo

This is what it's all about Z, the NFL has been way too slow realizing they need an equivalent of the MLB "A"League, to develop guys who are not quite ready for prime time... 

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