San Antonio Brahmas hold kickoff event at the Alamodome

The season starts on March 31 at home vs. the DC Defenders

Season two for the San Antonio Brahmas is inching closer and the fanbase got a chance to be up close with some of the Brahmas brass on Sunday afternoon. Newly named head coach Wade Phillips and the United Football League (UFL) Head of Football Operations Daryl Johnston had a meet-and-greet with Brahmas VIP guests and sat down for a panel discussion on how the team is going to look in its second season.

Phillips, a Super Bowl champion who had stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, shared what to expect with the level of talent on this year’s roster.

“You’re gonna get better players. We had 16 teams in two leagues, now we’re melding into one league with eight teams, so you’re gonna have better players. I think the quality is gonna be better than it ever was,” Phillips said.

Johnston, better known as “Moose” from his playing days as a fullback for the Cowboys where he won three Super Bowl rings, is extremely passionate in his new role as head of Football Operations for the UFL. He knows how spring football has been a flash in the pan for San Antonio fans in the past, which he hopes isn’t the future of the UFL for Brahmas fans.

“You know if there is a hesitancy from some of the markets just understand this has happened to them before and it hasn’t worked,” Johnston said. “So for us, that’s one of the driving things is to make sure that this is sustainable, to make sure this is here for decades to come, that this does become an alternative route for these guys to get back to the NFL and truth be told the NFL needs us...they need us, everybody wants to say we need the NFL, the NFL needs us.”

Two new Brahmas players with South Texas ties were also in attendance. That includes Texas State alum Caeveon Patton, who grew up in Cuero and was an All-XFL player for the Orlando Guardians and had stints in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Falcons. At a college connection, there is UTSA alum Corey Mayfield Jr., who was at the Baltimore Ravens training camp this past offseason. The two hope to bring some more excitement to the Brahmas gamedays in the second season of the organization.

The season starts on March 31 at the Alamodome vs. the DC Defenders.

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Nick Mantas is a KSAT 12 Sports Editor. He has previously worked in Lansing, San Fransisco and Abilene. Nick earned a Master's Degree in Sports Media from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona, where he also interned as a strength and conditioning coach.

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