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Atlanta Legends
Current season
Established 2018
Folded 2019
Played in Georgia State Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Legends logo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019)
  • Eastern Conference (2019)
Team colorsPurple, gold & white
              
Personnel
General managerBilly Devaney
Head coachKevin Coyle
Team history
  • Atlanta Legends (2019)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Atlanta Legends were a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play in February 2019.[1] They played their home games at Georgia State Stadium on the campus of the Georgia State University. They were coached by Kevin Coyle, one of two AAF coaches without prior head coaching experience. The Legends were one of two AAF teams, along with the Arizona Hotshots, to be based in a city that has an NFL team (the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals, respectively).

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended,[2][3] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams.[4] The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019.[5]

History

The Alliance Atlanta team was announced by the league on April 25, 2018, as its second initial team. Additionally, the head coach, Brad Childress, and offensive coordinator, Michael Vick, were announced.[6][7] On September 20, the league announced for four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Atlanta as the Atlanta Legends.[8] The name and colors (purple, gold, white) are tributes to famous historical figures from the city, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Hank Aaron.[9][10]

Childress resigned a month before the start of the 2019 season, and Kevin Coyle, initially hired as the team's defensive coordinator, took Childress's place.[11] On February 7, 2019, two days before their first game, head coach Coyle announced that Vick would be unable to fill his role as offensive coordinator and would instead act as an advisor to the team.[12] Rich Bartel, who replaced Vick as de facto offensive coordinator and play-caller, abruptly resigned two days before the team's home opener,[13] prompting the team to hire Ken Zampese to lead the offense.[14]

The team's first game was at Spectrum Stadium against the Orlando Apollos on Saturday, February 9, 2019,[15] where they lost 40–6.[16] Their first home game was on February 24 against the Birmingham Iron, where they lost 28–12.[15] After starting the season 0–3, the Legends recorded their first win against the Arizona Hotshots on March 3, 2019.[17]

Allocation pool

The Legends' assigned area, which designates player rights, includes the following:[18]

Media

In addition to league-wide television coverage through NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, TNT, and B/R Live, Legends' games were also broadcast on local radio by WCNN ("680 The Fan").[19]

References

  1. ^ Wilson, Bernie. "Atlanta Legends no more: AAF football immediately suspends operations". WSB-TV ATLANTA. Cox Media Group. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Kercheval, Ben (April 2, 2019). "AAF operations suspended, league's future in doubt after eight games of first season". cbssports.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "AAF to immediately suspend operations". ESPN. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Nick (April 4, 2019). "AAF star Keith Reaser becomes first player to sign NFL deal after league shutdown". USA Today. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "AAF files for bankruptcy, officially closes down", USA Today, AP, April 17, 2019, retrieved April 17, 2019
  6. ^ Culpepper, JuliaKate E. (April 25, 2018). "Michael Vick will lead offense of new pro football league team in Atlanta". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Michael Vick to be offensive coordinator on new Alliance of American football Atlanta team". WAGA. April 25, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Benjamin, Cody (September 20, 2018). "LOOK: Alliance of American Football unveils logos of four pro teams that will debut in 2019". CBSSports.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Culpepper, JuliaKate (September 20, 2018). "Exclusive: Name, logo revealed for new pro football team in Atlanta". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Yasin, Kareem (November 27, 2018). "The Alliance of American Football Unveils its Inaugural Uniforms". Alliance of American Football. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "One month to kickoff, Childress quits AAF job". ESPN.com. January 9, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Vivlamore, Chris (February 7, 2019). "Michael Vick out as Atlanta Legends offensive coordinator". AJC. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Johnson, Parker (February 25, 2019). "Play-caller Bartel becomes third coach to leave Legends". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Perloff, Andrew [@andrewperloff] (March 3, 2019). "Interesting @TheAAF note... former Bengals OC, Browns QBs coach Ken Zampese came aboard to run offense for @AafLegends this week and helped QB Aaron Murray lead them win tonight. Zampese was with Andy Dalton for long time and Baker Mayfield last year" (Tweet). Retrieved March 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ a b "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  16. ^ Kercheval, Ben (February 9, 2019). "AAF Week 1 scores, highlights: Spurrier calls 'Philly Special' for TD, Orlando and San Antonio win openers". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "Aaron Murray takes over at quarterback, leads Atlanta Legends to first win". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  18. ^ Inabinett, Mark (July 12, 2018). "Alabama, Auburn players to go on Birmingham AAF team's assignment list". AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "'680 The Fan' To Carry Atlanta Legends Football Games". insideradio.com. January 16, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.

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