Though it was only one night, the Alliance of American Football came as advertised, proving quality pro football didn’t end at the Super Bowl last weekend.
While not every player who suited up on Saturday for the upstart league will receive another crack at participating in an NFL training camp, several stood head and shoulders above the competition in two surprisingly entertaining games, including former Seahawks linebacker Terence Garvin.
Garvin, who spent parts of six NFL seasons with the Steelers, Redskins, Seahawks, and most recently the 49ers, may very well have been the MVP of yesterday’s monumental opening day that exceeded all expectations.
Helping guide the Orlando Apollos to a 40-6 blowout win over the Atlanta Legends, Garvin finished with a team-best 10 tackles and became the first player in AAF history to intercept a pass. Later in the game, he added another interception, returning an errant screen pass for a 51-yard touchdown to expand Orlando’s healthy lead.
“I was just trying to get to the endzone. It get heavy, I got heavy man.” Garvin smiled. “I saw the quarterback had a little angle on me, so I tried to cut back. I was just trying to get there at that point.”
Aside from Garvin, several other ex-Seahawks suited up and contributed in Saturday’s inaugural AAF games, which yielded higher ratings than the NBA on ABC according to Darren Rovell.
Offensive lineman Terry Poole, a fourth-round pick for Seattle in 2015, started at left tackle and played the entire game for the San Diego Fleet, helping open up several nice running lanes for his teammates in the backfield. Defensively, defensive tackle Tani Tupou and defensive end Damontre Moore each recorded one sack against Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside.
With two more games on tap Sunday, look for several other players with Seahawks ties to see meaningful snaps as the league hopes to maintain momentum from a highly-successful opening day.