Video: Steve Spurrier Declares Orlando Apollos Should Be Crowned AAF Champs

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2019

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - MARCH 16:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the Orlando Apollos looks on from the field before the Alliance of American Football game against the Arizona Hotshots at Spectrum Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Harry Aaron/AAF/Getty Images)
Harry Aaron/AAF/Getty Images

Orlando Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier said his team should be declared Alliance of American Football champions if the league doesn't complete its 2019 season.

Christian Bruey of WFTV provided comments from Spurrier amid rumors the AAF is going to suspend all football operations Tuesday:

Christian Bruey @CBrueyWFTV

WATCH: Steve Spurrier says the @aafAPOLLOS should be champions, if this is indeed the end of @TheAAF. #Champions #Apollos #Orlando #AAF #WFTV https://t.co/KumJjOe2uA

Pro Football Talk reported the league hasn't decided whether to formally disband despite the expected suspension of operations, but noted "it's heading that way."

Orlando owned a 7-1 record through eight games of the 10-week regular season. The Birmingham Iron, San Antonio Commanders and Arizona Hotshots were tied for the next best mark at 5-3, meaning the Apollos were one win away from clinching the best record.

Stewart Mandel @slmandel

Silver lining: Steve Spurrier finishes as the AAF's all-time winningest coach. (7).

Quarterback Garrett Gilbert completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 2,152 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Outside linebacker Earl Okine racked up five sacks, which ranked fourth in the league.

The Apollos and Iron were the only teams to clinch playoff berths through eight weeks.

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