The San Antonio Commanders were a professional American football franchise based in San Antonio, Texas, and one of the eight members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The league began to play in February 2019. The team played their home games at the Alamodome. The team was led by head coach Mike Riley.
On April 2, 2019, the league’s football operations were reportedly suspended, and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams. The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019. The league left debts of over $1.4 million to three local hotels and $200,000 to a catering business.
History of the Commanders
The San Antonio Commanders are a professional American football team based in San Antonio, Texas. The team is part of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) and began to play in 2019. The Commanders are coached by Mike Riley and play their home games at the Alamodome.
The history of the San Antonio Commanders dates back to 2018, when they were announced as an expansion franchise for the AAF’s inaugural season. Their roster was filled with players from local universities such as the University Of Texas At San Antonio, UTSA Roadrunners, Baylor Bears, Rice Owls, and more! They had a solid start to their first season but ultimately fell short due to injuries throughout critical positions on both sides of the ball; however, this didn't stop them from having one of the most exciting offensive seasons in the league's history led by quarterback Logan Woodside who threw for over 2000 yards & 15 touchdowns while completing nearly 70% passes during his time with commandos.
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic caused AAF suspended operations after only 8 weeks into its second season, leaving many fans disappointed, including those here in San Antonio, where support has been strong since day 1. Despite that, we can still look back fondly at all the great memories created during Commandos' brief existence, which include thrilling wins against Birmingham Iron & Arizona Hotshots along with incredible performances put up by some notable names like running backs Kenneth Farrow II & Trey Williams, who combined for over 700 rushing yards! We'll get another chance to see our beloved San Antonio commandoes retake the field soon!
2019 / Alliance of American Football
2019 / San Antonio Commanders
Commanders – The San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) have been making waves in the sports world since their inception earlier this year. But many don’t know that their name has a deep and meaningful origin story rooted in Texas history.
When it came time to choose a team name, Commanders was an obvious choice for owner Tom Brady and his team's leadership. The word "commander" evokes strength, power, courage, and honor - all qualities essential to success on and off the football field.
But there’s more than meets the eye regarding why they chose “Commanders” specifically; its roots can be traced back centuries ago when Spanish conquistadors arrived in present-day Texas with orders from King Carlos I of Spain: “Conquer or Die!” This phrase became known as El Mandamiento de Dios (The Commandment from God), which eventually evolved into simply Los Comandantes—the commanders who fought bravely against insurmountable odds for freedom and justice throughout early Texas history.
By honoring these courageous men through their namesake today, San Antonio Commands pays tribute not only to those who fought before them but also sets an example for future generations about how vital perseverance is even during difficult times such as these we currently find ourselves living through now due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions around sports events across America right now.
With every snap taken by each one of its players wearing proudly emblazoned uniforms bearing Los Comandantes insignia on them during games played at home at Alamodome Stadium here in San Antonio, TX., fans can rest assured knowing that they're partaking not just any ordinary sporting event but instead one steeped deeply within historical significance going back centuries ago.
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2019 / Alamodome
2019 / Alliance of American Football
2019 / Mike Riley
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