The Alliance of American Football (AAF) debuted as a success by garnering just under three million viewers in their inaugural game on CBS.
How does a brand new organization outdraw an established organization such as the NBA?
Well, the AAF did due to three important reasons: The viewers crave football, the viewers typically don’t crave regular season NBA basketball, and the AAF features former college and NFL players that fans recognize.
Here are five current AAF players on the Memphis Express that Tennessee sports fans will recognize:
Zach Mettenberger, QB
Titans fans will likely remember Mettenberger’s time in Nashville as a disappointment. Frankly, he was a sixth round draft pick who was rushed into playing time — and that was evident on gameday.
During his two season tenure with the Titans (2014-15), the former LSU Tiger amassed 2,347 yards, 12 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 60.3% completion percentage.
However, the most remembered stat form his time with the Titans is his 0-10 record as the quarterback.
While Mettenberger certainly wasn’t the worst QB the Titans have had in the past decade, moving on from him and drafting Marcus Mariota was the better choice.
Mett’s current team, the Memphis Express, lost their debut against the Birmingham Iron and failed to put any points on the board.
He is currently the backup to former Penn St. and New York Jets’ QB Christian Hackenberg. If the Express’s offense continues to struggle under Hackenberg, the Mettshow may get a second chance to be a savior.