Memphis Express Information

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Memphis Express
Current season
Established May 4, 2018
Folded April 17, 2019
Played in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
in Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis Express helmet
Memphis Express logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019)
  • Eastern Conference (2019)
Team colorsRed, blue & white
              
Personnel
PresidentKosha Irby
General manager Will Lewis
Head coach Mike Singletary
Team history
  • Memphis Express (2019)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Memphis Express was a professional American football team based in Memphis, Tennessee. It was a member of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) during its single seaon in 2019. [1] They played their home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, [2] and was coached by former NFL player and head coach Mike Singletary. [3]

History

The Alliance of American Football announced the awarding of the third inaugural league team, Alliance Memphis, on May 4, 2018. [4] This announcement was followed by the May 10, 2018, announcement of Mike Singletary as the team's head coach. [3]

On July 30, 2018, the Alliance announced team Memphis had signed its first 29 players. [5] On September 20, the league announced four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Memphis as the Memphis Express. [6] The name is derived from Memphis' significance as a mail and cargo transport city being the "World Headquarters" of FedEx, with an airplane being featured in the logo. [7]

On January 5, 2019, training camp opened in San Antonio, Texas. [8] The final 52-man roster was released on January 30. [9] The Express' inaugural game, played against the Birmingham Iron at Legion Field on February 10, ended in a 26–0 shutout loss. [10] Their first home game was a 20–18 loss against the Arizona Hotshots during week 2. [11] Memphis notched their first win on March 2, with a 26–23 victory over the San Diego Fleet at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. [12]

On March 16, 2019, shortly after the Express fell to 1–5 in a 22–9 loss to the Salt Lake Stallions, the team announced they had signed Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. [13]

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were suspended, [14] [15] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams. [16] On April 17, 2019, the league announced the cessation of business operations after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. [17]

Staff

Memphis Express staff
Front office
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coorinator/Running backs – Ty Knott
Eastern Conference
ATL
BIR
MEM
ORL
Western Conference
ARI
SL
SA
SD

Players

The Express' assigned area, which designated player rights, included the following colleges: [5]

Current roster

Memphis Express roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

  • 21 Terrell Bonds CB
  • 31 Jonathan Cook SS
  • 39 Jeremy Cutrer CB
  • 24 Charles James CB
  • 45 Colton Jumper SS
  • 28 Brandon Maiden SS
  • 33 Justin Martin CB
  • 30 Channing Stribling CB
  • 25 Arnold Tarpley III FS

Special teams

Reserve lists

Rights list

  • -- Jarvion Franklin RB


Roster updated April 1, 2019
44 Active, 14 Inactive

More rosters

Media

In addition to league-wide television coverage through NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, TNT, and B/R Live, Memphis' games were also broadcast on local radio by KWNW, an iHeartMedia station branded as 101.9 Kiss FM. [18]

References

  1. ^ "New pro football team could boost business in Memphis". WREG Memphis. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Froyd, Crissy (August 27, 2018). "Zach Mettenberger and Antonio Andrews reunite in new pro league". Titans Wire. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Mike Singletary will coach Memphis team in upcoming Alliance of American Football". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Memphis awarded Alliance of American Football team". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Munz, Jason (August 1, 2018). "Alliance of American Football announces Memphis team has signed 28 players". The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Benjamin, Cody (September 20, 2018). "LOOK: Alliance of American Football unveils logos of four pro teams that will debut in 2019". CBSSports.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Munz, Jason (September 20, 2018). "Memphis' new pro football team now has a name and logo". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Thompson, Cole (January 5, 2019). "Alliance of American Football Training Camp Offically Underway in San Antonio". AAF.com. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Memphis Express sets final roster". Alliance of American Football. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Kercheval, Ben (February 10, 2019). "AAF Week 1 scores, highlights: Trent Richardson scores two TDs after slow start in Iron debut". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Hotshots come back to become first team with road win in AAF history". arizonasports. KTAR. February 18, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Mellor, Cam (March 3, 2019). "ReFocused: Memphis Express 26, San Diego Fleet 23". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  13. ^ Rubino, Dylan (March 16, 2019). "Memphis gets Manziel: Heisman QB joins Alliance". AAF.com. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "AAF to immediately suspend operations". ESPN. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "AAF Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy". Front Office Sports. April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  18. ^ Greer, Jarvis (December 14, 2018). "Local radio station tabbed as Memphis Express home". WMC-TV. Retrieved March 16, 2019.

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