John Wolford, Arizona Hotshots impress in debut AAF win over Salt Lake Stallions


CEO of the AAF, Charlie Ebersol, stops by the USA TODAY studio to discuss the start of the new football league.

Before his team took the field on Sunday night for its Alliance of American Football debut, Arizona Hotshots coach Rick Neuheisel could only make one promise.

Regardless of how many fans showed up to watch the game in person at Sun Devil Stadium or chose to watch it on television via the NFL Network, Neuheisel said, “they’re going to see great effort.”

“I can’t tell you it’s going to be perfect,” Neuheisel added. “We’ve only been together for a very short amount of time. But I will tell you the fans are going to be entertained because this a fun group and when they start playing that (Lil Jon) song ‘Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots,’ I guarantee you’re going to get a little bounce in your step.”

Playing a frenetic up-tempo offense and utilizing an attacking defense that forced three turnovers, the Hotshots didn’t disappoint and they more than backed up their coach’s words in the form of a 38-22 victory over the Salt Lake Stallions.

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