Sights & Sounds From UFL Championship Media Day

Sights & Sounds From UFL Championship Media Day

On Saturday, the UFL held their UFL Championship Media Day, featuring players and coaches from both the Birmingham Stallions and San Antonio Brahmas. With just 24 hours until the league crowns a champion, each individual has little time left to prepare for the biggest game of the year.

San Antonio Brahmas

First up, we got to hear from some members of the San Antonio Brahmas ahead of this big game. Many didn’t predict that the Brahmas would make it here, but they proved the entire spring football scene wrong by winning the XFL Conference.

Linebacker Tavante Beckett spoke on the excitement for being able to play in this game:

“It’s a blessing for us to be playing in a championship in such a short period of time. Looking back at last year, we were a game short of the last game, so all summer long that was something that was on our minds, winning a championship. When they merged, of course we expected great competition from these leagues. To be one of the last two teams standing, it’s a blessing, but it’s not something we’re surprised by. It’s time to play 60 more minutes of great football.”

Wide Receiver Jontre Kirklin commented on what it’s like playing in A.J. Smith’s offense:

“I mean shoot, it’s a run and shoot offense. It’s explosive. We throw the ball down field, we have a lot of routes that we can run and make plays. Our quarterbacks can throw the ball, we just gotta go out there and make a play. I’m trying to score every time if I can. Gotta give thanks to the Q’s.”

QB Chase Garbers mentioned that he feels “fully healthy” heading into this game. This is obviously great news for Brahmas fans, knowing he’s dealt with injuries all season long – including a five week stint on IR.

Birmingham Stallions

Next up, we got to hear from a few players from the Birmingham Stallions. This is the third season in a row that this team has made it to the Championship, but they feature a lot of new faces this time around.

Quarterback Adrian Martinez, the MVP of the UFL, knows how much of a challenge it will be to get past the Brahmas:

“We obviously have a challenge ahead of us. The only team that has beaten us so far this year is San Antonio. We’re excited, we get to play in the championship game. That’s been the goal since day one. I think the first day we all got together that’s what Skip Holtz told us. It’s pretty simple, just gotta go beat San Antonio and have a strong game plan to do so.”

All-UFL DT Carlos Davis commented on watching his brother Khalil play and win a USFL Championship last year with Birmingham, and how that impacted his decision to join the team this year:

“I got to watch five games of Khalil with this team last year. I got to watch him join this team, and from what I saw, I loved it. I was going to be a Birmingham Stallion regardless, and I’m glad I made this decision.”

With Martinez having been benched last week, I asked him what it meant to have Skip Holtz immediately name him as the starter early this week, despite the noise around the decision:

“I definitely appreciated it. In terms of confidence, I see it more as a culmination of things, and that starts at the beginning of the season. Putting in the work every day, getting chemistry with the guys – whether Skip said that or not, I don’t think that would’ve changed my mind set heading into this game. I really appreciated it, but it’s business as usual to go out and get this win.”

Tight End Jace Sternberger spoke on earning All-UFL honors; but also keeping focus on the ultimate prize ahead: the UFL Championship Trophy.

“It’s an honor to be up there with these guys. Day one, you never want to set an individual goal, but you want to challenge yourself every day to be better. To see coaches and players acknowledge that, it’s rewarding, but every player will agree that you’d rather win a championship than any individual accolade. At one point it’s cool to acknowledge, but it has to be the 24 hour rule. If we don’t win this game, it doesn’t really matter.”

Coaches Comments

Brahmas Head Coach Wade Phillips was short and sweet with his initial analysis of this upcoming game; “What a contest. Two of the best teams in the league this year. It couldn’t be better than that.”

Head Coach Skip Holtz, who is now playing for his third championship with the Stallions, spoke highly of both organizations heading into this final affair:

“Once again, I’m really excited to have the opportunity to be here. I think these are two really good football teams who have worked really hard to get here. It’s going to be a hard fought contest. When you look at it statistically, they’re two of the better teams in the league, when you look at both of them on paper. I think it’s got all the makings of an unbelievable matchup.”

Final Thoughts

Without a doubt, this game is bound to be one of the most thrilling contests we’ve seen in spring football yet. Both have proven why they belong on this stage – and now, it’s time for them to prove why they deserve to hoist the trophy.

The UFL Championship Game will kick off tomorrow at 5pm ET on FOX.

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