Doran Grant article / Alliance of American Football

Doran Grant article / Alliance of American Football

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  • In conjunction with ConnBuckeye's thread on the AAF posted here: https://247sports.com/college/ohio-state/Board/120/Contents/AAF-Football-League--128215890/
    I happened to run across a good story on Doran Grant posted yesterday on the league website

    Following in footsteps of legends, Grant looking to build his own with Legends
    By Jaylon Thompson / The Alliance

    SAN ANTONIO -- Before he steps onto the field, Atlanta Legends cornerback Doran Grant recites the lyrics from one of Notorious B.I.G.’s biggest feature verses in the song “Victory.”

    "Every night, I perform like Mike. Anyone Tyson, Jordan, Jackson. I am dangerous,” Grant raps with a smile.

    The song holds a special place in Grant’s heart. As a young kid from Akron, Ohio, Grant looked up to some of the most influential people in sports and music. In his hometown, everyone knows about NBA superstar LeBron James and his impact on the Akron community.

    "He is one of the greatest of all time and I can't ask for anyone better to look up to as a person," Grant, 26, says. "He is one of the guys I strive to be like."

    Seeing firsthand how James galvanized his community, Grant draws inspiration from James’ journey to stardom. He even attended James’ alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

    But it was the lyrical flow of the Notorious B.I.G. that truly connected with Grant. He calls Biggie his favorite rapper and is moved by his word play. He views “Victory” as a classic, carrying a message Grant can’t live without.

    "It's my mentality and what I strive to live by," the former Ohio State star says.

    On the football field, Grant strives to be the best defensive back in The Alliance. He wears a hoodie that symbolizes the lyrical message and quickly turns his favorite song into action.

    Throughout training camp, Grant has emerged as a standout cornerback. A fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015, Grant is considered the vocal leader of the secondary and a veteran among the younger players.

    In individual and team drills, Grant is always offering to help guys improve their technique and to get in the right position. He also is a sounding board for advice and extra motivation.

    "His IQ of football has helped me out a lot," defensive back Dominick Sanders recently said of his teammate. "He is vocal and is the spark of the defensive back room."

    Many times, Grant gets the entire defensive unit going. In a recent joint practice against the Memphis Express, Grant’s interception boosted everyone on the Legends' confidence.

    "I played man-to-man press coverage and I turned to see the ball," Grant said. "It was a jump ball and we both were in a good position to get it. I went for it and muscled (the receiver) out and got two feet in."

    The interception is just one of Grant's numerous highlights from training camp. He is routinely in position to make a big play.

    "Doran is one of those guys that is really starting to come on," Legends head coach Kevin Coyle says.

    His teammates have noticed, as well. They also value his NFL experience -- along with the Steelers, Grant spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.

    "I used to be on his Rivals page looking at his highlights and stats," Legends cornerback Shaq Wiggins said. "I was trying to be the No. 1 corner in the nation, just like him."

    And with the Legends, Grant has a chance to revamp his career. He is looking to win a championship and get back into the NFL again.

    This time, he hopes to do it with his teammates that have turned into his family.

    "It's crazy how life goes that you’ll end up with people that you know," Grant said. "All we have to do is have confidence, win our battles, win games and have fun.”

    Grant’s first opportunity could come Feb. 9 when the Legends play in The Alliance’s inaugural game in Orlando against the Apollos. And Grant says that prior to game time, he'll take a moment and relish the atmosphere.

    When he looks at the crowd, he will remember his long road. And just like all his great influences, he plans to perform best when the lights are the brightest.

    "We are very confident regardless of who we play because we are building as a team," Grant said. "Honestly, I think this defense and team can be pretty special."

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    Atlanta Legends home games will be played at Georgia State Stadium. Fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $75 at www.atlantalegends.com or by calling 470-798-3330.

    # # #

    Jaylon Thompson covers the Atlanta Legends for The Alliance of American Football. You can follow him on Twitter @jaylonthompson.

    https://aaf.com/blog/doran-grant-finding-rhythm-with-legends

  • Discussion
  • That’s awesome! Hope he kicks ass.

  • syphonox1 said... (original post)

    That’s awesome! Hope he kicks ass.

    Just like New Orleans of the NFL, that Atlanta team of Dorans' has a nice compliment of Buckeyes

    Tracy Sprinkle, James Clark, and Chase Farris play along side him.

    Christian Bryant plays for the Birmingham Iron
    Jalin Marshall for the Orlando Apollos
    Keon Willis? lists OSU as his university. He plays for the Salt Lake Stallions
    and Marcus Baugh is on the San Diego Fleet roster.

  • gessig said... (original post)

    Just like New Orleans of the NFL, that Atlanta team of Dorans' has a nice compliment of Buckeyes

    Tracy Sprinkle, James Clark, and Chase Farris play along side him.

    Christian Bryant plays for the Birmingham Iron

    Jalin Marshall for the Orlando Apollos

    Keon Willis? lists OSU as his university. He plays for the Salt Lake Stallions

    and Marcus Baugh is on the San Diego Fleet roster.


    Holy cow! I’m going to have to keep track of this league! Didn’t even realize it was starting up. I bet it’s a cool feeling to have so many former brothers playing together in Atlanta.

  • Just went and liked AAF and Atlanta Legends on FB. Birmingham is s little closer to me than ATL, but I don’t want to root for anything in Alabama lol

  • Found out some other interesting stuff as well:
    Rick Neuheisel is Head Coach of the Arizona Hotshots

    Kevin Coyle is coaching Atlanta
    Tim Lewis is at Birmingham

    The Memphis Express penned The Mike Singletary as head man

    Steve Spurrier....proving the ol' ball coach cannot retire~is coaching the Orlando entry
    Dennis Erickson is in charge of the Salt Lake Stallions

    Mike Riley, from Oregon State, to Nebraska, now is in charge of the San Antonio Commanders
    and the well traveled Mike Martz calls shots for the San Diego Fleet

  • gessig said... (original post)

    Found out some other interesting stuff as well:

    Rick Neuheisel is Head Coach of the Arizona Hotshots

    Kevin Coyle is coaching Atlanta

    Tim Lewis is at Birmingham

    The Memphis Express penned The Mike Singletary as head man

    Steve Spurrier....proving the ol' ball coach cannot retire~is coaching the Orlando entry

    Dennis Erickson is in charge of the Salt Lake Stallions

    Mike Riley, from Oregon State, to Nebraska, now is in charge of the San Antonio Commanders

    and the well traveled Mike Martz calls shots for the San Diego Fleet

    Wow, thanks gessig for all the info. I love all the ex Buckeyes playing and that is a lot of ex coaches. That league might be fun. I'm definitely going to follow it now

  • I know this is a very positive thread and I am not trying to be negative but I cant believe Grant didn't stick in the League. I thought he was a damn good corner for us especially the NC year. I figured he would have a nice 10 year NFL career.

  • Cosprgsbuckeye said... (original post)

    Wow, thanks gessig for all the info. I love all the ex Buckeyes playing and that is a lot of ex coaches. That league might be fun. I'm definitely going to follow it now

    I also read something that referenced a possible contract with CBS?
    Also, I believe they are playing their games in Prime Time.

    I am definitely going to try and take in a game or two if I find myself anywhere close if/when I am in a southern State or in Texas.
    Totally agree with you. This should be fun, their inaugural season and all.

    https://aaf.com/schedule

    This post was edited by gessig 10 months ago

  • TV coverage.
    Posted this in the other thread as well.
    Here is the full story.

    Alliance of American Football unveils 2019 schedule, features Steve Spurrier coaching in opener
    Here's a rundown of all the new league's opening games, which kick off in February

    The Alliance of American Football will officially kick off on Feb. 9, 2019, and it will do so with a pair of primetime games featuring everything from Steve Spurrier's return to the sidelines to pro football's return to San Diego.

    Announced in March by founder Charlie Ebersol and former NFL general manager Bill Polian, the AAF is aiming to complement the NFL by extending football into the spring while also showcasing localized teams. On Tuesday, the league unveiled its inaugural schedule for the 2019 season, with two Saturday night contests set to kick off AAF football just six days after Super Bowl LIII.

    The AAF's 10-week, 40-game regular season slate will begin Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. ET from Spectrum Stadium in Florida, where the Orlando Apollos will host the Atlanta Legends; and from The Alamodome in Texas, where the San Antonio Commanders will host the San Diego Fleet. CBS is scheduled to broadcast the AAF's Feb. 9 Opening Day, while CBS Sports Network will then carry one AAF game each week throughout the season.

    The Apollos vs. Legends showdown in Florida features teams coached by Spurrier and fellow ex-NFL head coach Brad Childress, who has former longtime Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick as his offensive coordinator. San Antonio, meanwhile, will be coached by Mike Martz in the other Saturday night contest, which precedes a pair of Sunday games to round out Week 1.

    Other highlights of the 2019 season schedule include Trent Richardson and the Birmingham Iron going up against coach Mike Singletary and the Memphis Express on Feb. 10, as the AAF notes:

    * Week 4 is highlighted by three Saturday matchups, including defensive-minded Mike Singletary versus offensive guru Mike Martz

    * Week 6 features a showdown between Steve Spurrier and Rick Neuheisel as two high-powered offenses look to make a statement when the Orlando Apollos host the Arizona Hotshots

    * Week 7, two former Oregon State head coaches collide as Mike Riley's San Antonio Commanders square off against Dennis Erickson's Salt Lake Stallions

    * The regular season concludes the weekend of April 12, with the top two teams in the Eastern and Western Conference advancing to the playoffs

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/alliance-of-american-football-unveils-2019-schedule-features-steve-spurrier-coaching-in-opener/

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  • Looks like the players get 3 year non guaranteed contracts at 250K or about 75K per season. I'm sure the goal for these guys is to play themselves back into the NFL.

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  • rootstownbuck said... (original post)

    Looks like the players get 3 year non guaranteed contracts at 250K or about 75K per season. I'm sure the goal for these guys is to play themselves back into the NFL.

    I’m sure that’s the plan but for 90% of those guys, this is it. You don’t downgrade to a new league only to make it back up.

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  • This information was gleaned from Wikipedia.
    The last EDIT to the Wikipedia page, was today, the 24th of January 2019.
    I trust it is up to date and accurate.

    Alliance of American Football

    RULES

    * Teams will have 50 players on each roster, with some selected by a territorial draft.The territory assigned to a team consists of at least five colleges plus designated professional teams, one Canadian Football League, and four NFL teams, for those from Big Ten and the Big 12 conferences. Only one quarterback can be taken from their region. A quarterbacks-only "Protect or Pick" draft was conducted in November 2018 in which teams may retain their allocated quarterback or select an unprotected quarterback from another team.

    * Telecasts will feature no television timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials, with the league aiming for an approximate real-time game length of 150 minutes, down from just over 180 in the NFL.

    * All teams must attempt two-point conversions after each touchdown; there will be no extra point kicks.

    * There will be no kickoffs; halves, odd overtime periods and after scores will begin on each team's own 25-yard line, the same as touchbacks in the NFL and NCAA. In lieu of an onside kick, a team can keep possession of the ball by attempting a scrimmage play from their own 35-yard line and gaining at least 10 yards.

    * The play clock will run only 30 seconds, 10 seconds shorter than in the NFL.

    * Two coach's challenges per team are the only replays; no challenges in last two minutes of either half nor any overtime period, as they are automatic.

    * Outside organizations will handle head-safety protocols.

    * Playoffs will consist of four teams, the top two teams from each conference

    MEDIA

    * As part of its formation, the AAF announced broadcast deals with CBS Sports; opening day (consisting of two regionally-televised matches) and the championship game will both air on CBS
    * CBS Sports Network will air at least one game per week.
    * Local stations are expected to pick up the other games for broadcast and it was also reported that the league was considering a possible broadcast deal with NFL Network.
    * The league's mobile app will offer live streaming of all games, as well as provide integrated fantasy games.

    BUSINESS

    * The league will operate as a single entity, with all teams owned and operated by the league, under the name Legendary Field Exhibitions LLC.
    * Some of the investors in the AAF include Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, The Chernin Group (which owns Barstool Sports), Jared Allen, Slow Ventures, Adrian Fenty, Charles King's M Ventures, and Keith Rabois.

    * MGM Resorts International made an investment in the AAF tech platform, and entered a three-year sponsorship agreement to become the league's official sports betting sponsor and exclusive gaming partner. The deal marks the first time any sports organization has sold exclusive in-game betting rights to a sportsbook.

    * The league is also planning player bonuses and scholarships; player bonuses to be based on performance and fan interaction, and players would earn a year's scholarship in post-secondary education for each season of play.
    * Players are expected to get three-year, non-guaranteed contracts worth $250,000 plus health insurance with an escape clause to go to the NFL.
    * The three-year contract is believed to be purposely targeting the XFL to prevent second-tier professional players from signing with the XFL if they play in the AAF in 2019.
    * For the fans, in addition to a fantasy league built into mobile broadcasts, low ticket prices (each team will have a $35/game sideline seat option) and inexpensive food are planned.

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    Because both threads, this Doran Grant thread and the AAF thread have interesting information, and because Bucknuts still cannot combine threads that I know if, I will place this post in the other thread as well.

    This post was edited by gessig 10 months ago

  • If anyone has any updated information that counters this info, please post it. THANKS