The Alliance of American Football will kick off its inaugural season this weekend, and fans might be surprised to learn that they’re familiar with a good portion of the players, coaches, assistants and advisors.
That is especially true for fans of the New York Giants, as blue bleeds right through the veins of the AAF. In fact, the Giants have one of the largest contingents of ex-players and ex-coaches in the league — nearly three dozen names with at least some level of previous Giants involvement.
Here’s a quick look at each of those names.
Damontre Moore, DE, San Diego Fleet – A third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, expectations were high for Moore early in his Giants career. That never panned out however, as Moore struggled both on and off the field. He has rattled around the NFL, even playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but has never lived up to the initial billing.
Will Hill, SS, Orlando Apollos – What could have been. Talent was never an issue for Hill, who dominated when he was able to stay on the field. However, consistent off-field issues and drug problems derailed Hill’s Giants career and, eventually, his NFL career. He was suspended three times and hasn’t played since 2015.
Charles James II, CB, Memphis Express – James may not have been a draft pick, a starter or even a consistent contributor for the Giants, but fans know him and fans love him. Considered under-sized, James was never able to really stick, bouncing around six teams in five years before sitting out in 2018. It’s all about heart with James, and you can bet Big Blue fans will be rooting for him.
Brad Wing, P, Memphis Express – One of Odell Beckham Jr.’s best friends, it’s good to see Wing back on a football field. He was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 and spent three seasons with the Giants, but a poor 2017 campaign led to his end with the team. He hasn’t played in the NFL since.
Adrien Robinson, TE, Memphis Express – A fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Adrien Robinson was once referred to as “the Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends” by former Giants general manager Jerry Reese. That never came close to being a reality as Robinson fell well short of expectations and was let go in 2015.
Kaelin Clay, WR, Salt Lake Stallions – Clay had an opportunity to carve out a significant role with the Giants in 2018, but a critical fumble in a season-opening loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars loomed large. He later suffered an injury, which led to his release and an ongoing cycle through return men.