It clearly wasn't the National Football League, as anyone watching San Antonio's 15-6 victory over San Diego quickly discovered when Shaan Washington delivered a monster hit on Fleet quarterback Mike Bercovici.
The players were allocated to their teams by region based on where they played college football or last played with an NFL or CFL club.
First and for most, the production quality of this game was really good. They return home after two road games to play the Hotshots and Orlando Apollos, then they will travel to San Diego, come back for a three-game home stand against the Express, Commanders and Fleet, before splitting the next two games, ending their first season with a home bout against the Commanders once again.
There are 8 teams in the AAF, with rosters consisting of local players.
When the Legends take the Spectrum Stadium field against Steve Spurrier's Orlando Apollos, however, they'll do so with a head coach who's held that position for only a month, and they also won't have the offensive coordinator they expected after Michael Vick stepped down this week. Everything from the way contracts are structured with the bonuses, to the twist of listening into the coach and players interact throughout the game, and the interactive app for the league, there is a lot to be excited about. Gilbert finished his opening night with a very respectable stat line of 15 of 25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
If you're involved with the AAF, you're extremely happy with these numbers.
The league will feature eight teams, and the games will be featured on CBS and NFL Network. "I think once you get into the game, it doesn't feel like your first time playing in a long time".
Saints fans can catch Tull and the Express in their season-opener against the Birmingham Iron at 3 p.m. It may not be the loudest look, but there's something to be said for the more subtle look that will be on display at Legion Field on Sunday.
"That was a great atmosphere", said the league's other co-founder, longtime NFL executive Bill Polian. Sports TV Ratings said the first game on CBS averaged 2.913 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. There will be 10 weeks of games with the season wrapping up in April.