Atlanta Legends

The Atlanta Legends are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia, and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play in February 2019. They play their home games at Georgia State Stadium on the campus of the Georgia State University. They are coached by Kevin Coyle, one of two current AAF coaches without prior head coaching experience. 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.

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Atlanta Legends
Current season
Established 2018
Play in Georgia State Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Legends helmet
Atlanta Legends logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019–present)
  • Eastern Conference (2019–present)
Team colorsPurple, gold & white
              
Personnel
General managerBilly Devaney
Head coachKevin Coyle
Team history
  • Atlanta Legends (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Atlanta Legends are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia, and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play in February 2019. They play their home games at Georgia State Stadium on the campus of the Georgia State University. They are coached by Kevin Coyle, one of two current AAF coaches without prior head coaching experience.

History

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.[1][2] On September 20, the league announced for four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Atlanta as the Atlanta Legends.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

The team's first game was at Spectrum Stadium against the Orlando Apollos on Saturday, February 9, 2019,[8] where they lost 6–40.[9] Their first home game will be on February 24, 2019, against the Birmingham Iron.[8]

Players

The Legends' assigned area, which designates player rights, includes the following:[10]

Roster

Atlanta Legends roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Exempt list

  • Currently vacant

Practice squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics


Roster updated February 9, 2019
52 Active, 2 Inactive, 0 PS

References

  1. Culpepper, JuliaKate E. (April 25, 2018). "Michael Vick will lead offense of new pro football league team in Atlanta". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  2. "Michael Vick to be offensive coordinator on new Alliance of American football Atlanta team". WAGA. April 25, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  3. Benjamin, Cody (September 20, 2018). "LOOK: Alliance of American Football unveils logos of four pro teams that will debut in 2019". CBSSports.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  4. Culpepper, JuliaKate (September 20, 2018). "Exclusive: Name, logo revealed for new pro football team in Atlanta". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  5. Yasin, Kareem (November 27, 2018). "The Alliance of American Football Unveils its Inaugural Uniforms". Alliance of American Football. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  6. "One month to kickoff, Childress quits AAF job". ESPN.com. 9 January 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  7. Vivlamore, Chris (February 7, 2019). "Michael Vick out as Atlanta Legends offensive coordinator". AJC. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  8. 1 2 "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  9. Kercheval, Ben (February 9, 2019). "AAF Week 1 scores, highlights: Spurrier calls 'Philly Special' for TD, Orlando and San Antonio win openers". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  10. Inabinett, Mark (July 12, 2018). "Alabama, Auburn players to go on Birmingham AAF team's assignment list". AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
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