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The opening two weekends of the AAF gave us football fanatics a chance to get back on the wagon, not too long after the NFL's season came to an end. While the product on the field certainly has room for improvement, it did fill the void that many of us look for after the Super Bowl.


Not only did we get football, but it also allowed us a chance to see some old names making a comeback, and even learn some new names that could make a future impact in the NFL. Here are five of the names that stood out above the rest through the first two games.


5) Terence Garvin (LB) - Orlando Apollos

Two interceptions, including a pick-six, in your first game will certainly get you on the list. The former Steelers' product made some big plays for the Apollos, en route to their 40-6 blowout win in Week 1, and then followed it up with another solid performance the next week. 

4) Shaan Washington (LB) - San Antonio Commanders

Is it crazy to put a guy on this breakout list for one big hit? Probably, but that poor quarterback, Mike Bercovici (on his birthday) almost got his head blown back about 10 yards from the point of contact by Washington. This play, which was on national television for everyone to see, got the first weekend of the AAF off to a rousing start. 

3) John Wolford (QB) - Arizona Hotshots

Wolford set Wake Forest single-season records in his senior year with 3,192 yards and 29 touchdowns, including a massive 400-yard, 4-touchdown performance in his final collegiate game – a win over Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl. He has taken that momentum and led the Hotshots to a 2-0 record with 469 passing yards and six touchdowns over the first two games. 

2) Rashad Ross (WR) - Arizona Hotshots

Ross had multiple stints on NFL practice squads, but if he can duplicate the success he's had early on, it's possible that NFL teams could take another look. While on his second stint with the Redskins in 2015, he had an unbelievable preseason with 25 catches, 266 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns – all three categories led the league. Ross is crushing it in the AAF early on with nine catches for 170 receiving yards and three touchdowns. 


1) Garrett Gilbert (QB) - Orlando Apollos

Gilbert is leading the AAF with 620 passing yards while adding 4 touchdowns and no interceptions through the first two games. Beginning his career at Texas, Gilbert eventually transferred to SMU before getting drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round in 2014. After that, he bounced around multiple NFL practice squads before getting this chance in Orlando.


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