Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is back in action playing for The Alliance of American Football's Memphis Express, and it's not going well. The third quarterback on the roster for Memphis head coach Mike Singletary is Zach Mettenberger, the LSU product with 10 regular season National Football League starts on his resume. It did not go well. The Express faced off against the Birmingham Iron in their first official game of the inaugural season.
Hackenberg finished the game 10-for-23 for 87 yards and an interception, though to be fair he had a nice touchdown pass taken away by a formation penalty.
Hackenberg did provide for several viral moments on social media, at least.
Hackenberg was benched late in the contest, as quarterback Brandon Silvers replaced him in the second half of the fourth quarter.
The Alliance of American Football posted solid television ratings for its first-ever game broadcast last Saturday night, drawing the same audience as an National Basketball Association battle between two of the league's top stars.
Saturday's AAF debut, which featured a pair of games on CBS, registered a 2.1 rating, according to Sports Business Journal, a strong start for a league that hopes to capture football fans' attention during the NFL offseason.
Memphis is taking on Arizona at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on NFL Network.