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CEO of the AAF, Charlie Ebersol, stops by the USA TODAY studio to debate the start of the new football league.
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AMES, Ia. —The Dallas Cowboys thought Ankeny native and former Iowa State star was the perfect candidate as a apply squad player.

However what the versatile quarterback-turned-linebacker wanted probably the most was more developmental time and expertise.

Lanning is getting the expertise each now, and hopefully creating into the participant he must be in the new Alliance of American Soccer League. He made his debut enjoying within the league’s opening recreation on Saturday night time for the San Antonio Commanders.

“That’s sort of what this league is — it’s a developmental league,” Lanning stated. “It’s an opportunity for you to get more movie so groups can truly see you play at a better degree and may see your expertise develop and all that. That’s just about what I’m taking it as — making an attempt to get extra movie, making an attempt to play the most effective I can towards some nice athletes.”

Former Iowa State star Joel Lanning landed in the new AAF after he was reduce by the Dallas Cowboys. (Photograph: Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Lanning seems like he has a lot to offer in skilled soccer. 

He showed a few of that unique skillset in school when he turned a versatile star for the Cyclones, bouncing between linebacker, quarterback and special groups. After school, Lanning went undrafted however landed in coaching camp with the Cowboys. He appeared in three preseason games, tallying two complete tackles.

But the Cowboys felt he wasn’t prepared.

So Lanning landed in the new AAF, an eight-group skilled soccer league that kicked off final Saturday. It’s not anticipated to be a competitor of the NFL, however it should perform as a developmental system for the NFL. The league reportedly went after players who didn’t make NFL or Canadian Football League rosters, providing three-yr deals value $250,000.

Gamers like Lanning are the perfect fit. Lanning provides a wide range of expertise but started his school profession at quarterback. He didn’t start enjoying linebacker until his senior season and he starred there. Because he was nonetheless learning the ins and outs of linebacker and special teams, the Cowboys ended up slicing him final yr. 

Not long after, Lanning, who had heard concerning the league probably starting, received a contract sent to him. While Lanning could not assist an NFL workforce immediately, he was virtually a super candidate for the league with all his talent. He jumped on the shot to maintain enjoying and make his case to NFL teams as a result of he looks like he nonetheless has quite a bit to offer. 

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