Played in Georgia State Stadium
|Alliance of American Football (2019)
|Team colors||Purple, gold & white|
|General manager||Billy Devaney|
|Head coach||Kevin Coyle|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
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. 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, and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams. The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019.
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. On September 20, the league announced for four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Atlanta as the Atlanta Legends. 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.
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. 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. Rich Bartel, who replaced Vick as de facto offensive coordinator and play-caller, abruptly resigned two days before the team's home opener, prompting the team to hire Ken Zampese to lead the offense.
The team's first game was at Spectrum Stadium against the Orlando Apollos on Saturday, February 9, 2019, where they lost 40–6. Their first home game was on February 24 against the Birmingham Iron, where they lost 28–12. After starting the season 0–3, the Legends recorded their first win against the Arizona Hotshots on March 3, 2019.
The Legends' assigned area, which designates player rights, includes the following:
National Football League (NFL)
Canadian Football League (CFL)
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