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Saturday the latest new football league will kick off, trying to fill the void in the NFL offseason. It’s the Alliance of American Football and it will allow those who wish to still play football without going to Canada a chance to keep playing and perhaps show the NFL they deserve a real shot.

Among those who will take the field include many former Raiders, some who were with the team just last year. There are also a few coaches who were former Raiders. I counted a total of 18 former Raiders among the rosters and staffs of the eight teams in the league.

*Asterisk denotes offseason, training camp, or practice squad only.

Arizona Hotshots

LB Kaelin Burnett (2012-13)

CB Sterling Moore* (2011)

CB SaQwan Edwards* (2015-16)

Atlanta Legends

S Quincy Mauger* (2018)

Birmingham Iron

RB Trent Richardson* (2015)

Memphis Express

QB Christian Hackenberg* (2018)

C Oni Omoile* (2016-17)

OT Anthony Morris* (D7-2015)

Orlando Apollos

QB Garret Gilbert* (2015-16)

DT Leon Orr (2015-16)

LB Azeem Victor* (D6-2018)

Safeties coach Lito Sheppard (2011)

San Diego Fleet

TE Marcus Baugh* (2018)

DE Damontre Moore (2016, 2018)

DT Shakir Soto* (2017-18)

LB John Lotulelei (2015-16)

RB coach Lamont Jordan (2005-07)

DB coach Eric Allen (1998-2001)

Salt Lake Stallions

None

San Antonio Commanders

None

The first game will take place Saturday February 9 at 5pm featuring the San Diego Fleet vs the San Antonio Commanders. Oddly enough the two non-Bay Area cities the Raiders were once discussing playing their home games in 2019.

Also playing at 5pm Saturday will be the Orlando Apollos vs Atlanta Legends.

So, if you just can’t wait until next August to get your football fix, this is your opportunity.