Orlando Apollos

The Orlando Apollos are a professional American football team based in Orlando, Florida, and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which began play in February 2019. The team plays its home games at Spectrum Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida. They are coached by Heisman Trophy winner and former college and National Football League (NFL) head coach Steve Spurrier. NFL front office veteran Tim Ruskell is the general manager and longtime college athletics executive Michael P. Waddell is the team president.

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Orlando Apollos
Current season
Established 2018
Play in Spectrum Stadium
in Orlando, Florida
Orlando Apollos helmet
Orlando Apollos logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019–present)
  • Eastern Conference (2019–present)
Team colorsNavy blue, dark orange & bright orange
              
Personnel
PresidentMichael P. Waddell
General managerTim Ruskell
Head coachSteve Spurrier
Team history
  • Orlando Apollos (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Orlando Apollos are a professional American football team based in Orlando, Florida, and are charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which began play in February 2019. The team plays its home games at Spectrum Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida. They are coached by Heisman Trophy winner and former college and National Football League (NFL) head coach Steve Spurrier. NFL front office veteran Tim Ruskell is the general manager and longtime college athletics executive Michael P. Waddell is the team president.

The team's name is inspired by the Greek god Apollo, and his and Florida's connections to the Sun, while the team's colors of orange and navy are tributes to Florida's sunshine and the Apollo program, respectively. The helmet depicts Apollo shooting a bow-and-arrow, as he is commonly pictured as an archer.[1]

Apollos games are broadcast on iHeartRadio's Real Radio 104.1 FM with the Apollos’ weekly radio show heard Thursdays on WYGM and WJRR HD-2 channel, while a weekday program will be heard on a group of thirteen area radio stations.[2] The Apollos also have a weekly TV show every Wednesday night at 11 p.m. on Cox's TV 27. The program, APOLLOS FOOTBALL with Steve Spurrier, will allow fans to get a deeper look at the team, with player features, behind-the-scenes access, and detailed analysis following each game.[3]

History

On April 7, 2018, Orlando was announced as the first Alliance team along with its coach, Steve Spurrier.[4] On September 20, the league announced four inaugural eastern franchises' names and logos including the Orlando Apollos.[1] On December 4, 2018, the team and iHeart Media announced its broadcasting arrangements.[2]

The final 52-man roster was set on January 30, 2019.[5] The team's first game was at home, Spectrum Stadium, against the Atlanta Legends on February 9, 2019, where they won 40–6.[6]

On February 20, 2019, the league announced that due to Florida worker's compensation laws, the Apollos had moved its practices to Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia, with players being housed at hotels in Jacksonville, Florida, and commuting to home games in Orlando. The AAF was unable to secure a league-wide insurance plan prior to the start of the season, and while the state of Georgia will arrange worker's compensation insurance for any business, including professional sports where the majority of practices are held in the state, Florida does not classify professional athletes as employees.[7]

Staff

Orlando Apollos staff
Front office
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
Eastern Conference
ATL
BIR
MEM
ORL
Western Conference
ARI
SL
SA
SD

Players

The team's assigned area, which designates player rights, includes the following:[8]

Roster

Orlando Apollos roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Exempt list

  • Currently vacant

Practice squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics


Roster updated February 11, 2019
52 Active, 3 Inactive, 0 PS

References

  1. 1 2 "Central Florida's newly named football team — the Orlando Apollos — is ready to blast off on a sun-filled, fun-filled journey". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  2. 1 2 Lundine, Susan (December 4, 2018). "Orlando Apollos pro football team snags radio deal with iHeart Media". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  3. Boyce, Christopher (8 February 2019). "Orlando Apollos season kicks off this weekend; WRDQ TV 27 to broadcast 4 games for 2019". WFTV.
  4. Steimle, Kevin; Breech, John (April 7, 2018). "Steve Spurrier announced as first coach and Orlando first host city for Alliance of American Football". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  5. "Orlando Apollos set final roster". Alliance of American Football. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  6. "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  7. Bianchi, Mike (February 20, 2019). "Orlando Apollos will start practicing in Georgia because of Florida workers' compensation laws". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  8. Inabinett, Mark (July 12, 2018). "Alabama, Auburn players to go on Birmingham AAF team's assignment list". AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
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