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Mike Singletary is back in football.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer has been hired as head coach of the Memphis franchise in the Alliance of American Football that will begin play next February.

Memphis joins Orlando and Atlanta as teams in the new league overseen by another Hall of Famer [url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-donte-jackson-jersey]Donte Jackson Color Rush Jersey[/url] , Bill Polian, and TV executive Charlie Ebersol. Singletary's team will play home games in the Liberty Bowl.

Singletary previously coached for three NFL teams, including a head-coaching stint with San Francisco in which the 49ers went 18-22. He was the anchor of some staunch defenses in Chicago as a middle linebacker, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

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The Alliance will feature eight teams playing a 10-week regular season beginning Feb. 9, 2019 鈥?the weekend after the Super Bowl 鈥?on CBS. There will be two playoff rounds and a championship game on the weekend of April 26-28.

Polian is the head of football operations for the league. The longtime NFL general manager and executive helped recruit Steve Spurrier to coach the Orlando club and Brad Childress for Atlanta, with Michael Vick as an assistant.

Now, the Alliance has Singletary.

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Rosters will be culled from NFL cuts to the 53-man maximum after preseason, which Polian calls "the core of our constituency"; collegians who have gone undrafted, including underclassmen who have lost any remaining eligibility; players looking to return to the sport; and free agents from the CFL or elsewhere.


Panthers three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis said he has been suspended by the NFL and will miss the first four games of next season after testing positive for a banned substance.

Davis posted a video on his Twitter account on Friday saying that he tested positive for an estrogen blocker.

”I was completely caught off guard by this,” said the 35-year-old Davis. ”I have never done anything to intentionally try to cheat the game. It’s one of those situations where the NFL rules are clear. They state that you are responsible for what you put into your body.”

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He said he has never tested positive for a steroid of HGH, and wanted fans to know that wasn’t the issue.

”Unfortunately this is some of the things that happen when you take supplements,” said Davis, Carolina’s all-time leading tackler.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

The 13-year NFL veteran has been one of the NFL’s success stories, returning from three separate torn ACLs in the same knee to play in three straight Pro Bowls (2015-17) and help the Panthers reach the playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2015.

He is one of the most popular players in franchise history in large part because of how active and visible he is in the community.

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Davis said he has never done anything to try to create a competitive advantage over other players.

”I have always tried to do things the right way,” Davis said. ”I can tell you guys that my conscience is clear in this situation and as bad as it hurts me to tell you this, I know it is going to hurt a lot of people who have looked up and believed in Thomas Davis over the years. But just know that in no way I have done anything to try to cheat this game.”

Davis said earlier this offseason that the 2018 season would be his last in the NFL.

But he left open the possibility of playing beyond 2018 on Friday, saying ”who knows, maybe this isn’t my last year.”



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