AAF’s starting quarterbacks are names you will recognize

Garrett Gilbert had been cut by five different NFL teams and he hadn't started a regular-season game since he was SMU's quarterback in 2013. He was wondering whether it was time to have the conversation with himself about life after football.

Instead, the 27-year-old Gilbert finds himself playing for the Orlando Apollos as one of the eight starting quarterbacks in the much-talked-about Alliance of American Football (AAF).

"I truly don't know what's next," Gilbert told USA TODAY Sports. "But this will delay that decision-making process a little bit longer."

Like many players in the league, Gilbert seeks attention from the NFL. He completed two passes for the Carolina Panthers last season as an injury replacement and he wants another shot. But it isn't the AAF's only lure.

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