Before diving into the final AAF update, it needs to be said: These players got railroaded. In the wake of the league’s suspension, reports surfaced of injured players no longer provided treatment, as well as flights and moves unpaid for.
The AAF's sudden collapse left players high and dry with bills for housing and injuries: https://t.co/1dF4xhiZSP pic.twitter.com/Eam9JyG4Qi— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 5, 2019
For the initial report, read here. Read up on the primary benefactor Tom Dundon, whose swiftly pulled investment led to much of the personal issues the players faced.
With that said, the 8-game AAF season led many Michigan faithful to get another look at former Wolverines. Here are the final stat lines for these alums.
De’Veon Smith, RB, Orlando Apollos
75 carries, 345 rushing yards for six touchdowns (as well as three 2-point conversions). He ranked just behind Trent Richardson for scores on the ground.
He added 29 yards receiving.
He has yet to sign with an NFL franchise. He previously played on special teams and on practice squads for the Redskins and Dolphins.
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Former Michigan back De’Veon Smith put up some of the best numbers at the RB position in the AAF. • 8 games 75 rushes (5th) 345 yards (6th) 4.6 YPC (3rd among backs with 50+ carries) 6 TDs (T2nd) • With the AAF most likely coming down to an end, Smith should get a legit shot at competing for an NFL roster this summer. #GoBlue 〽️
Denard Robinson, RB, Atlanta Legends
24 carries for 66 rushing yards and a score. He chipped in seven catches for 37 yards. Robinson’s professional football career is probably over, as he was unsigned all of 2018 after starting his career in the backfield with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Channing Stribling, CB, Memphis Express
17 tackles, 4 pass breakups and an interception. He was recently lauded in a ClutchPoints article for his open-field tackling.
“Channing Stribling, another ex-Brown, looked dominant in manhandling Richardson in the open field.”
He most recently played on the 53-man roster for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Matt Godin, DT, San Antonio Commanders
4 tackles, a TFL, 0.5 sacks, 2 quarterbacks hits and a batted pass. He most recently saw time with the Houston Texans in 2018 before failing a physical.
Here’s to each of these Wolverines landing on their feet, whether in the pros or beyond.