LEWIS | Brohm believes pro football can work in spring
LOUISVILLE, Ky . (WDRB) – If all goes according to plan, professional football’s off-season will become much shorter in the coming years. The Alliance of American Football, a league that will play in eight US cities, kicks off in 2019 and Vince McMahon is planning a revival of the XFL to launch in the spring of 2020.
Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm played for the Orlando Rage in the XFL’s one season in 2001. The former Louisville Cardinal and Trinity Shamrock believes more football is a good thing.
“If someone does it the right way and finds a way to market it and gets quality coaches and quality football players, I think without question it has a chance to make it,” Brohm said.
The question being asked in much of the football world is can TWO spring football leagues work long term? The USFL had the earmarks of a league that could be successful, but mismanagement doomed that league after three years. Other efforts to bring professional football to the United States to play during the NFL’s off-season either failed quickly or were aborted before the first kick.
“Two of them? I’m not sure about that,” Brohm said, “but I do think that one of those may have a chance and take off and give guys opportunities to showcase what they can do and try to find their way back into the (NFL).”
AAF founder Charlie Ebersol broke down the numbers, saying there are about 28,000 NCAA Division 1 players but only 1,700 will find work in the NFL. The AAF will field 8 teams with fifty roster spots on each squad.
“If I was a little younger, I would probably try it,” joked Brohm, who threw for nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in an injury shortened year in the XFL.
“The ability to provide a farm system or some type of feeder system to give those guys who didn’t quite get the opportunity to make it on the 53-man (NFL) roster a chance to play football and be coached by good coaches and be seen and get some film I think gives them an opportunity to move up the ladder,” Brohm said.
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