Second Chance: The Fall Experimental Football League

The brand new four-team FXFL rolled into Boston this past weekend with a game between the Boston Brawlers and a traveling team, the Blacktips. The league touts itself as “a developmental platform for players, coaches and referees,” essentially giving a second chance to players and coaches who were cut and left out of NFL squads.

Held at one of my favorite stadiums to shoot at, Harvard Stadium, the game only attracted a handful of fans, even though former college football stars could be found on both rosters. Household names of years past, including former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Mizzou kicker Jeff Wolfert, can be found on the depth charts.

While the football was a bit sloppy, the players really got their emotions into the game. These are some of my favorite photos from the night:

A general view of the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A general view of the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Members of the Boston Brawlers warm up on the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Members of the Boston Brawlers warm up on the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A FXFL game ball is seen during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A FXFL game ball is seen during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ashton Cobb #33 of the Boston Brawlers and other members of the Boston Brawlers get ready to take the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ashton Cobb #33 of the Boston Brawlers and other members of the Boston Brawlers get ready to take the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Latu #64 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the sideline prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Latu #64 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the sideline prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Johnnie Farms #93 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the side of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Johnnie Farms #93 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the side of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Joe Clancy #10 of the Blacktips struggles to get rid of the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Joe Clancy #10 of the Blacktips struggles to get rid of the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

David Mims #68 of the Boston Brawlers walks to the sideline after a play during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

David Mims #68 of the Boston Brawlers walks to the sideline after a play during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Randy Richards #65 of the Boston Brawlers reacts to a call during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Randy Richards #65 of the Boston Brawlers reacts to a call during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips falls to the ground during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips falls to the ground during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach Terry Shea of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the sideline during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach Terry Shea of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the sideline during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers is helped off of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers is helped off of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips runs with the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips runs with the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Myron Lewis #30 of the Blacktips tries to avoid the tackle from Wilson Van Hooser #19 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Myron Lewis #30 of the Blacktips tries to avoid the tackle from Wilson Van Hooser #19 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers watches the action from the sideline following his injury during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers watches the action from the sideline following his injury during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kyle Auffray #88 of the Blacktips is tackled by Cannon Smith #30 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kyle Auffray #88 of the Blacktips is tackled by Cannon Smith #30 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Tajh Boyd #10 of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Tajh Boyd #10 of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Cam White #82 of the Boston Brawlers runs off the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Cam White #82 of the Boston Brawlers runs off the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)