Manziel Makes AAF Debut, Ratings Soar

Manziel Makes AAF Debut, Ratings Soar

Johnny Manziel, formerly of the NCAA’s Texas A&M Aggies and the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, was released by the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes on March 1st, 2019 for violating the terms of his contract. Two weeks later he was picked up by the newly formed Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express, where he made his debut on March 24th, filling in on a couple of drives during the 2nd and 3rd quarters for Memphis’ starting quarter Brandon Silvers.

Durham County Memorial Stadium – Shaw Bears

Durham County Memorial Stadium – Shaw Bears

Shaw University is in Raleigh, North Carolina, but doesn’t have much in the way of athletics facilities to call its own, so the school plays its home football, lacrosse, and soccer games at Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham, NC, about 20-30 minutes from campus. The facility was built in 1958, has a capacity of 8,500, and besides Shaw is also currently home to Northern High School Football and Tobacco Road FC.

Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium – Western Carolina Catamounts

Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium – Western Carolina Catamounts

Bob Waters Field at E.J. Whitmire Stadium was completed in 1974 after a grant from the North Carolina General Assembly, which was possible due to Western Carolina University being part of the North Carolina University system. The stadium currently boasts 13,742 seats with seating on two sides only (one along each sideline); the artificial turf has been replaced several times, and the facility has received numerous improvements over the years, most recently in 2018 when the WCU weight room received a facelift.