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Former UNI football star loses job in AAF folding, gets married and signed to NFL team in one week

(KWWL) – The future is looking up for some players after the Alliance of American Football, known as the AAF, suspended its operations before its first season finished.

Former University of Northern Iowa All-American Karter Schult is having a crazy week. To say the least.

In one weeks time, he found out the AAF league he was playing for was folding, days later he gets married and by Tuesday, one week from the AAF’s sudden suspension, the Minnesota Vikings had announced they signed him.

With prime-time scheduling and millions reportedly tuning in, the newly formed AAF seemed like it was off to a successful start.

Until, with two weeks left in its first regular season, the league announced it was suspended operations to the surprise of many and to especially the players hoping it would propel them to another shot at making it to the NFL.

The former Panther, Schult was playing for the Salt Lake Stallions.

“It was very shocking, Nobody really knew. Coaches, the whole staff in Salt Lake, didn’t really know. All of a sudden on the same day we all got the hammer and found out and then it was a mad scramble with me and my agent. Teams calling in here and there just trying to figure out where we were going to go,” Schult said during a Facetime interview from his home in Des Moines.

Schult finished third in the league’s short run with seven sacks. His stint in the league paid off and soon after the AAF suspended, he knew he’d have an opportunity with the Vikings, luckily before his upcoming wedding.

Jalyn Souchek


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