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5 former Michigan players make Alliance of American Football rosters

The new league starts on Feb. 9.

Michigan v Nebraska Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images

Five former Michigan Wolverines football players have made Alliance of American Football rosters.

Each player landed on a separate team in the new football league that is set to open one week after the Super Bowl on CBS.

The team from the host city of the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Legends, likely has the most notable player in former Michigan star Denard Robinson.

Robinson, listed as a running back for the Legends, was one of the most electric quarterbacks that Michigan has seen. He threw for 6,250 yards and ran for 4,500 scoring 91 total touchdowns in four years in Ann Arbor.

Shoelace played four seasons in the NFL after being drafted by Jacksonville Jaguars, where he first switched from quarterback to running back. He also took over duties as a kick and punt returner in Jacksonville.

In 2018, Robinson was a member of the Canadian Football Leagues’ Saskatchewan Roughriders. Now he is back in the states and ready for a new challenge in the AAF.

Former Wolverines running back Ty Isaac, a member of the team from 2014-2017, has a place on the Birmingham Iron. Isaac had 192 carries for 1,170 yards in three seasons in the maize and blue.

He finished his Michigan career after suffering a season-ending injury three-quarters of the way through his senior season in Ann Arbor. He now gets a chance to rebound with a professional football career outside of the NFL.

Running back De’Veon Smith also found his way onto the AAF’s Orlando Apollos. Smith ran for 2,235 yards and 22 touchdowns as a member of the 2013-2016 Wolverines.

Smith was an All-Big Ten Honorable mention his senior season after starting all 13 games for Michigan.

Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins and played in five games in 2017, but was without a team for the 2018 season.

On the defensive side of the ball, there are two Wolverines that made the cut in the AAF, cornerback Channing Stribling and defensive lineman Matt Godin.

Stribling was a member of the Wolverines from 2013-2016 and recorded six interceptions in his final two seasons with Michigan, and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team his senior season. Stribling bounced around a few practice squads in the NFL, but never quite made it onto any teams roster. Stribling will get his shot to play again with the Memphis Express this season.

Meanwhile, Godin will play for the San Antonio Commanders as an edge rusher. He had 2.5 sacks and an interception while wearing the winged helmet, and was an All-Big Ten Honorable mention as a fifth-year senior. Godin was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans in 2017, but was cut a year later because of an injury.

It’s a new league that comes with a whole new opportunity for these former Wolverines.


Which of these five players are you most excited to see in the AAF?

This poll is closed

  • 83%
    Denard Robinson
    (1586 votes)
  • 5%
    Ty Isaac
    (101 votes)
  • 7%
    De’Veon Smith
    (151 votes)
  • 2%
    Channing Stribling
    (42 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Godin
    (19 votes)
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