Former Vols, NFL Players Try Out for New League

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- What do Tee Martin, Chris Leak, Eric Crouch, Clint Stoerner and James Wilhoit have in common?

First, they're all former college football stars. Second, they're all planning on playing (or, in Martin's case, considering playing) in the All American Football League (AAFL), a new league which caters to college graduates who want to continue their football careers.

More than 600 players are participating in an AAFL combine Thursday and Friday, vying for a spot on one of the six teams, which will be located in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan and Texas.

The Tennessee team will play its five home games at Neyland Stadium and will be coached by former Vol quarterback Andy Kelly, who led the Vols to the 1990 SEC Championship and a successful berth in the 1991 Sugar Bowl.

Several big names are taking part in the league's development. Former UT Athletic Director Doug Dickey is overseeing the Tennessee team, and former NCAA President Cedric Dempsey formed the league.

Among the league spokesmen are Crouch, Martin, and former Florida great Danny Wuerrfel.

Season tickets are on sale for some teams. For more information, fans can visit

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