I went down a rabbit hole this weekend, while looking and watching old AAF, UFL and XFL games. I decided to go down a rabbit hole when I wrote an article for the Markcast last month. I was looking at the leaders of the past several spring/alternative football leagues since 2000 and noticed that this weekend history could be made.
Luis Perez has played in The AAF with the Birmingham Iron, The XFL with the New York Guardians, and The Spring League with The Jousters. Throughout his time in these alternative leagues, he amassed has 15 passing touchdowns, leaving him in third place on my list.
Now my list is rather unique, it is comprised of players who have played in these leagues post 2000 and doesn’t include AFL teams, as we can not get totally out of hand with who is and who isn’t on the list. However, I think this statistic and these players need to be highlighted.
For a player like Perez it seems he’s been on the “cusp” of being an NFL player for the past several years. In every league he’s participated in the self taught QB has constantly been a top end quarterback and in a couple hours he will have a chance to cement himself in “history”.
Perez is five touchdowns away from overtaking Brandon Silvers and Brooks Bollinger as the number one passing touchdown leader in spring/alt league football. Silvers who was apart of the USFL Draft Pool is unfortunately not signed by any team right now and will be on the outside looking in as the season gets started.
Perez who wasn’t originally drafted by a USFL team was called to replace Ben Holmes after he fractured his toe in training camp. Though Head Coach Mike Riley has made it clear both him and De’andre Johnson will both get reps at QB1 come this season.
Another Quarterback have an opportunity to also make his name known on this list as well. Jordan Ta’amu has thrown Five Touchdowns in the XFL and only needs Eight more to be in the “top 10”. Bryan Scott has thrown “Twelve Touchdowns” unofficially in his “Spring Showcases” where he was a TSL MVP.
Players like Perez, Ta’amu and Scott are all guys who have built a bit of a cult following and it looks like they all an amazing opportunity to shine. Regardless of official statistics or records being broken or not we finally made it. We finally get to see Spring Football with the USFL.