For months, local football fans have known that Orlando would host a team in the new Alliance of American Football, that it’d play at UCF’s Spectrum Stadium, and that former Gator All-American and national champion Steve Spurrier would come out of retirement to coach the team because, in his words, “I needed a challenge.”
This week, the league release names for four of the franchise, including Orlando.
Welcome the Orlando Apollos!
The league released a video to welcome the team in.
“God of the sun, conquerer of the moon. One name has struck fear into opponents’ hearts for thousands of years. In a city loike this, we are all gods of the sun ... we are all Apollos,” an imposing voice in the video said.
The league also released the names of the Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron and Memphis Express. Names for teams in Arizona, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Diego are forthcoming. The league’s 10-week season is set to begin on Feb. 9, 2019.
Among the players already announced to be trying out for spots with the Apollos are UCF alums Jeff Godfrey, Rannell Hall, Tony Guerad, Chris Martin, Jordan McCray and Storm Johnson, former Florida Gators Frankie Hammond, Mill Herndon, Will Hill, Earl Okine, Leon Orr, Ronald Powell and Hurricanes Tyriq McCord, Joe Yearby and Stephen Morris.