One of the most intriguing prospects in the new Alliance of American Football league, former Penn State star and NFL bust Christian Hackenberg, got his first start as a professional football player with the Memphis Express today.
But if his performance against the Birmingham Iron is any indication, the Jets, Raiders, Eagles, and Bengals all had a very good reason for getting rid of him so quickly.
After just one half of play in the AAF, Hackenberg’s numbers are fairly abysmal.
He is currently 3-of-11 for 20 yards and an interception.
In the NFL, those numbers would come out to a passer rating of 1.7 per Pro-Football-Reference.
Christian Hackenberg’s halftime stats in his first start with Memphis of the AAF pic.twitter.com/btoVfOZdyD
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Hackenberg was a star with the Nittany Lions, leading them to a bowl win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl while putting up record-breaking numbers for the school.
He wound up being taken by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, but failed to see any action in two years with the team.
In the 2018 offseason, the Jets traded him to the Oakland Raiders, who cut him less than a month later.
After signed and later cut by the Philadelphia Eagles in pre-season, he wound up on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, where he was later cut in November.
The Memphis Express drafted Hackenberg No. 14 overall in the 2019 AAF Quarterback Draft.