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Latinos in the Alliance of American Football League

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Published on 04 Oct 2018 / In NFL

February 9th, 2019 on CBS The Alliance of American Football Will Be Born. Some consider the AAF to be a potential competitor to the NFL while others say it’s both an alternative and an opportunity for players who struggled to crack the NFL ranks.

The league will have eight teams mostly centered in the southern and western United States Recently the league announced the signing of 500 players. Many of these players were either college standouts who never got their shot, played in other leagues, or only played in NFL preseason games before getting cut.

There are a few Latinos among this group of players, and here’s a closer look at these athletes who look to be successful in the AAF.

San Antonio Commanders Selected kicker Sergio Castillo. Castillo was a standout at West Texas A&M who was practically automatic when it came to making field goals. San Antonio also selected defensive tackle Herbert Gonzales. “Cheeto” as he was called started his college career at Texas El-Paso before transferring to Texas State. Salt Lake Stallions Selected linebacker Josh Banderas. Banderas was a four-year starter at Nebraska from 2013 to 2016 where he played in 31 games. San Diego Fleet Selected wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez. After a whirlwind college career in which he started at Texas A&M, transferred to Kansas, and finished his schooling at Southeastern University. Hopefully the league will add more Latino players as the February kickoff date rapidly approaches. So far they’ve started off in the right direction.

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