4/1/2022 | Football
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M University-Commerce football team legend Luis Perez has been signed by the New Jersey Generals of the newly created United States Football League (USFL) which will plays its season from April 16 through July.
Perez was picked up by the Generals on Friday morning, two weeks before the season opener on April 16 at the Birmingham Stallions at 6:30 p.m. central standard time. The game will be broadcasted by both NBC and FOX and will be streamed on Peacock.
After his Lion career, which included leading the Lions to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, Perez has had stints with the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, as well as the Alliance of American Football, the XFL, and the Spring League.
The Generals are coached by former San Diego Chargers, Oregon State, and Nebraska coach, Mike Riley, who is also the team’s general manager. Other head coaches in the eight-team league include Jeff Fisher, Larry Fedora, Todd Haley, and Kevin Sumlin.
The eight teams are split into two divisions, North and South. The Generals are in the North division along with the Michigan Panthers, Philadelphia Stars, and the Pittsburgh Maulers. The South Division is made up of the Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and Tampa Bay Bandits. Each team will play the other three teams in its division twice and four teams in the other division once for a 10-game schedule. Though the teams are city based, all regular season games in the inaugural season will be played in Birmingham at both Protective Stadium and Legion Field. The semifinals and the championship games will be played at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on June 25 and July 3, respectively.
The USFL has broadcasting contracts with both the FOX and NBC family of networks, with at least one game being broadcasted on FOX or NBC each weekend. The USFL schedule can be found HERE.