VIDEO: Former Gators Coach Steve Spurrier Leads Orlando Apollos Into First Training Camp
By Orlando Apollos // January 4, 2019
inaugural season of 'The Alliance' begins Feb. 9
ABOVE VIDEO: It’s not Arena football. It’s not flag football. And it’s not competing with the NFL. Orlando Apollos Head Coach Steve Spurrier breaks down the Alliance of American Football (AAF).
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – It’s getting closer. A new professional football league and a thrilling, innovative and interactive sports fan experience is a little over a month from kicking off the season.
The inaugural season of “The Alliance” begins Feb. 9 and what we’ll all be seeing for the first time is a league of opportunity, a proving ground of eight teams and a pro football concept that enhances the action on and off the field like never before.
Florida football legend and former Gators head coach Steve Spurrier will guide the Orlando Apollos this season.
The Head Ball Coach (or HBC) and his team have joined players and coaches from all eight Alliance of American Football teams in San Antonio, Texas this week for the league’s first training camp.
Instead of holding camps in their home states like other pro football leagues, The Alliance is bringing every team to one city.
ABOVE VIDEO: Recently, the Orlando Apollos stepped out and made their debut to the Orlando community.
Training camp will last about a month, culminating in cross-team scrimmages between Alliance franchises. By the end of January, The Apollos will cut the roster from 75 to 52 players.
Taking over the Apollos marks a reunion for Spurrier and several of his former assistants that helped him become one of four individuals to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player.
The Apollos’ roster heading into camp includes players from every major college football program in the state of Florida.
Gators like Louis Murphy will line up alongside Seminoles like Marvin Bracy-Williams and Hurricanes like Stephen Morris. UCF Knights such as Jeff Godfrey and Rannell Hall will also be familiar to fans in Orlando.
While the Sunshine State is divided in college football allegiances from August until December, it is the intent of the Apollos to unite the fan bases from February until April and hopefully May.
As anyone who has watched Steve Spurrier-coached teams knows, quarterback play is key to the “Fun ‘n Gun” offense he will no doubt employ in Orlando.
ABOVE VIDEO: All eyes will turn to Orlando on Feb. 9 when The Apollos hit the field at Spectrum Stadium for their Launch Game against the Legends. The game will air nationally at 8 p.m. ET, on CBS.
The Apollos enter camp with several players vying to be under center. Stephen Morris, Austin Appleby and Kevin Anderson are athletic quarterbacks who move well in the pocket. Apollos coaches will be watching to see who can protect the football and be a coach on the field to lead the team.
All eyes will turn to Orlando on Feb. 9 when The Apollos hit the field at Spectrum Stadium for their Launch Game against the Legends.
The game will air nationally at 8 p.m. ET, on CBS.
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