Arizona Hotshots

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Arizona Hotshots
AmericanFootball current event.svg Current season
Established 2018
Folded 2019
Played in Sun Devil Stadium
in Tempe, Arizona
aaf.com/arizona-hotshots/
Arizona Hotshots helmet Arizona Hotshots Helmet 2019.png
Arizona Hotshots helmet
Arizona Hotshots logo ArizonaHotshots.png
Arizona Hotshots logo
Helmet 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 a 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.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Tempe, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Tempe, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2017 population of 185,038. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

Alliance of American Football former professional American football league

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) was a professional American football league, founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian. The AAF consisted of eight centrally owned and operated teams, all in the southern and western United States. All teams except Birmingham were located in metropolitan areas with at least one major professional sports franchise.

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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]

Chapter 7 of the Title 11 of the United States Code governs the process of liquidation under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. Chapter 7 is the most common form of bankruptcy in the United States.

Arizona State University Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

Arizona State University is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona.

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]

Sun Devil Stadium an outdoor football stadium in Tempe, Arizona

Sun Devil Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona, United States. It is home to the Arizona State Sun Devils football team of the Pac-12 Conference. The stadium's seating capacity as of 2018 is 53,599, reduced from a peak of 74,865 in 1989, and the playing surface is natural grass. The field within the stadium was named Frank Kush Field in honor of Frank Kush, the former coach of the ASU football team in 1996. Sun Devil Stadium is undergoing a $304 million renovation that is scheduled to be completed by June 2019. It was the only major football stadium in the Phoenix metropolitan area until the construction of State Farm Stadium in Glendale in 2006.

Phillip Savage Jr. was the general manager for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football. He was the senior vice president and general manager of the Browns from 2005 to 2008. He served as Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens under General Manager Ozzie Newsome, a former Browns' player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, from 2003 to 2004. He was a scout for the Browns from 1993 to 1995. He was also the former general manager of the Cleveland Browns and the executive director for the Senior Bowl.

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]

Interagency hotshot crew

In the United States, an interagency hotshot crew (IHC), or simply hotshot crew, is an elite team of 20 wildland firefighters, the most highly trained in the country, which are prepared to battle the most serious fires nationwide. They meet and exceed the requirements of Type 1 firefighters in terms of their extensive training, high physical fitness standards, and ability to undertake difficult, dangerous, and stressful assignments. They often respond to large, high-priority fires and are trained and equipped to work in remote areas for extended periods of time with little logistical support.

Yarnell Hill Fire 2013 wildfire in Arizona

The Yarnell Hill Fire was a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona, ignited by lightning on June 28, 2013. On June 30, it overran and killed 19 City of Prescott firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. It was one of the deadliest U.S. wildfires since the 1991 East Bay Hills fire, which killed 25 people, and the deadliest wildland fire for U.S. firefighters since the 1933 Griffith Park Fire, which killed 29 impromptu civilian firefighters. It was also the most fatal incident of any kind involving U.S. firefighters since the September 11 attacks, which killed 343 firefighters. It is the sixth-deadliest American firefighter disaster overall, the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona, and at least until 2014, was "the most publicized event in wildland firefighting history."

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]

Hugh Freeze American football coach

Danny Hugh Freeze Jr. is an American football coach. He is currently the head football coach at Liberty University.

The 2019 AAF QB Draft was the inaugural draft of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) for the 2019 season. The draft was a four-round quarterback draft where clubs were allowed to "protect or pick" from the selection. It was held on November 27, 2018, at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas and broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

Mike Bercovici American-football player (1993-)

Michael Bercovici is an American football quarterback for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He played college football at Arizona State. He signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft.

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]

Salt Lake Stallions professional American football team based in Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake Stallions were a professional American football team based in Salt Lake City, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which began play in February 2019. The Stallions were the northernmost team in the AAF, as the league's only franchise north of the 35th parallel. The team's head coach was Dennis Erickson, owner of a 179–96–1 record coaching college football and a 40–56 record coaching in the NFL.

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
40 Active, 3 Inactive

More rosters

[18]

Arizona Hotshots retired numbers
PlayerPositionTenureRetired
19 Granite Mountain Hotshots 1 Prescott F.D. N/A2019

Notes:

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]

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