After a brief stretch in the NFL last year, Loyola graduate Peter Pujals (Class of 2013) remains committed to a career as a professional football player.
Pujals is one of three quarterbacks on the Atlanta Legends, one of eight teams in the newly-formed Alliance of American Football league. The Legends open the season Saturday on the road against the Orlando Apollos, who are coached by Steve Spurrier.
An undrafted free agent from Holy Cross, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Pujals signed with the Minnesota Vikings, but he was cut before the start of the season. His former high school and college teammate, Jimmy Murray (Class of 2013), signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent offensive lineman and ended the season on the 53-player roster.
The AAF was created, in part, to serve as a developmental league for the NFL. The Legends’ other two quarterbacks — Aaron Murray and Matt Simms — both played multiple seasons in the NFL. The team’s offensive coordinator is former NFL quarterback and No. 1 overall draft pick Michael Vick.
Each team plays 10 games, and the league has a TV deal with CBS.