San Diego

Halfway Through the Season, SD Fleet Are Tied For #1 in the West

The team is lead by Mike Martz, a former NFL head coach.

With five games down and five to go, things are looking good for the San Diego Fleet football team. 

The San Diego Fleet is part of the Alliance of American Football, which was established in February. 

"It's a new league so everybody came in here blindfolded," said Cameron Kelly, corner. "Nobody gets paid any more than the next man. We're all on a level playing field trying to get back to our dreams." 

Practicing at SDCCU stadium Friday, teammates said it's been fun and challenging as a new team learning each other's playing styles. 

The team is lead by Mike Martz, a former NFL head coach.

Eight of the players, including Kelly, graduated from San Diego State University. Some players were in the NFL before coming to the Fleet. 

"It's lovely to be back in sunny San Diego, just the weather alone," said Eric Pinkins, linebacker and a former Aztec. "I have so many memories here and had a scholarship here." 

This is the first outdoor football team in the area since the former San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles in 2017.

Although the team’s first game was a loss against the San Antonio Commanders in February, players pulled through and the Fleet is now tied for #1 in the West. 

"I feel so blessed to have a chance to play on this team," added Pinkins. 

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