Arizona Hotshots Information

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Arizona Hotshots
Current season
Established 2018
Folded 2019
Played in Sun Devil Stadium
in Tempe, Arizona
aaf.com/arizona-hotshots/
Arizona Hotshots logo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019)
  • Western Conference (2019)
Team colorsGreen, Orange and Yellow
              
Personnel
PresidentScott Brubaker
General manager Phil Savage
Head coach Rick Neuheisel
Team history
  • Arizona Hotshots (2019)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Arizona Hotshots were a professional American football team based in Tempe, Arizona, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which began play in February 2019. [1] They played their home games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. The Hotshots were one of two AAF teams based in a city that already had an NFL team (the Arizona Cardinals; the other team was the Atlanta Legends, where the NFL's Falcons are based). The Hotshots were coached by former USFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel. Scott Brubaker was the team president and Phil Savage was the general manager.

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended, [2] [3] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams. [4] The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019. [5] At the time of the bankruptcy, the Hotshots owed over $1.2 million to Arizona State University for leasing Sun Devil Stadium. [6]

History

Rick Neuheisel was announced as the head coach of the Arizona Hotshots by the Alliance of American Football on May 18, 2018. The team was slated to play at Sun Devil Stadium. [7] By September 25, Scott Brubaker and Phil Savage were named team president and general manager, respectively. [8]

Phoenix's name and logo were revealed on September 25, 2018, as the Arizona Hotshots along with the other three western teams. [9] The name is a tribute to the region's firefighters, nicknamed hotshots, while the color scheme of green, orange, and yellow are commonly worn by such fire crews. The team's logo is a pair of crossed pickhead axes, which are used by structural firefighters and not the wildland firefighters the team is named for. [10] The branding was developed by the national office then handed off to the team staff. Reception of the name was mixed, with some arguing it "exploits the memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots." [8] On March 3, 2019, the team retired No. 19 to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. [11] [12]

On October 11, 2018, the team named Hugh Freeze as the offensive coordinator and the rest of the coaching staff. [13] In the 2019 AAF QB Draft, the Hotshots did not protect the assigned (by geographical method) quarterback Mike Bercovici in the first round and instead selected Trevor Knight for his speed. [14] The final 52-man roster was set on January 30. [15]

In January 2019, the Hotshots held their preseason camp in San Antonio. [8] They won their season opener at Sun Devil Stadium on February 10, 2019, against the Salt Lake Stallions. [16]

Staff

Arizona Hotshots staff

Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Coaching Staff

Eastern Conference
ATL
BIR
MEM
ORL
Western Conference
ARI
SL
SA
SD

Players

The Hotshots' own the rights to players from designated schools: [17]

Players not affiliated with any of the designated teams may sign with any AAF team.

Roster

Arizona Hotshots roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Rights list

  • Currently vacant


Roster updated March 31, 2019
39 Active, 3 Inactive

More rosters

[18]

Arizona Hotshots retired numbers
Player Position Tenure Retired
19 Granite Mountain Hotshots 1 Prescott F.D. N/A 2019

Notes:

  • 1 Posthumously retired.

Media

In addition to league-wide television coverage through NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, TNT, and B/R Live, Hotshots' games were also broadcast on local radio by KDUS, an NBC Sports Radio affiliate. [19]

References

  1. ^ Brown, Brandon. "Phoenix loses Hotshots as AAF suspends operations". Phoenix Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ Kercheval, Ben (April 2, 2019). "AAF operations suspended, league's future in doubt after eight games of first season". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  3. ^ "AAF to immediately suspend operations". ESPN. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Nick (April 4, 2019). "AAF star Keith Reaser becomes first player to sign NFL deal after league shutdown". USA Today. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "AAF files for bankruptcy, officially closes down", USA Today, AP, April 17, 2019, retrieved April 17, 2019
  6. ^ https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/2019/04/17/aaf-files-bankruptcy-two-weeks-after-halting-operations/3499964002/
  7. ^ Benjamin, Cody. "Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel will run Alliance of American Football's Phoenix team". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Avila, Ricardo (September 28, 2018). "Hotshots: Support, criticism follows new Arizona pro football team's name". Arizona Sports. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Benjamin, Cody (September 25, 2018). "LOOK: Here's a full list of team names and logos from the Alliance of American Football". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Dale, Shane (September 25, 2018). "'Arizona Hotshots': New AZ pro football team gets its nickname". KNXV-TV. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Arizona Hotshots Host Public Safety Salute and #19 Retirement Ceremony Sunday, March 3". Our Sports Central. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Photo: Arizona Hotshots retire No. 19 in honor of Granite Mountain 19". The Daily Courier. March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  13. ^ Higgins, Ron (October 11, 2018). "Ex-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hired as offensive coordinator with Arizona AAF team". Mississippi Clarion Ledger. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Somers, Kent (November 28, 2018). "AAF draft: Arizona Hotshots think they found their man in quarterback Trevor Knight". AZ Central. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Arizona Hotshots set final roster". Alliance of American Football. January 30, 2019. Archived from the original on January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  16. ^ "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Arizona Hotshots Team Page - Roster". AAF.com. Alliance of American Football. Archived from the original on November 16, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Arizona Hotshots". nbcsports1060.com. 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.[ permanent dead link]

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