The United Football League (UFL) had their "Premiere Draft" on Thursday and offered new opportunities for former NFL players to either get their careers back in shape, or just showcase their talent.
Names such as Adam Archuletta, Mike Doss, Larry Triplett, Wendall Bryant, and Brooks Bollinger were selected to the four current teams of the UFL: Las Vegas, Orlando, New York, and San Francisco. All had 24 picks and selected players from people who've had eight years of experience in the NFL to rookies such as wide receiver Marcus Fitzgerald, brother of Larry Fitzgerald.
"I'm just glad to have been given my chance to prove to all these NFL teams what I'm about," said Fitzgerald.
Marcus's brother, Larry, is proud of his younger brother and believes he can make it to the NFL someday. There is a bit of history between Fitzgerald and where he was selected. He was drafted by San Francisco head coach Dennis Green, who gave Marcus a job as a ball boy for the Vikings when he was younger. Other head coaches involved within the UFL are Jim Fassel, Ted Cottrell, and Jim Haslett.
Even though the "Premiere Draft" took place already, it's not too late for players to still join. Former NFL and Arena League player Tony Newson didn't get to play during his season with the St. Louis Rams, but feels that the UFL gives him another opening.
"What interests me is the 'UFL' brand. Hungry players, second chance opportunities," said Newson. "Guys, like myself who played in the league but may have been over-looked or released due to the politics of the game. I believe the UFL brings me the opportunity of playing out my career and showing doubters that they where wrong"
Another former NFL player of eight seasons, Tim Rattay has Twittered that he's going to be involved with the new football league. And gets the same sense of opportunity.
"The UFL will have a talent level like no other 'minor' league has ever seen. Scouts will be all over it," said Rattay.
The UFL's rules will be similar to those of the NFL. They will play during the traditional football season, and will play 11-on-11 football inside legitimate football stadiums. The opening game will kickoff in October, and they will play on Thursday and Friday evenings on Versus.
As UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said, "Opportunity. It's something most every player wants."
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