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Dylan Donahue

Dylan Donahue, who was a volunteer football coach at Billings West this year, is on the Atlanta Legends roster. The Legends are a team in the Alliance of American Football, which opens its inaugural season this weekend. 

BILLINGS — Former Billings West football player Dylan Donahue is on the roster for the Atlanta Legends of The Alliance of American Football.

According to a story on the team's website, opening-day rosters were finalized on Wednesday. The team's season-opener is on Feb. 9 at Orlando at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

The eight-team AAF begins its inaugural season this coming weekend. The teams will have 10 regular-season games. According to an article on the league website, players are competing "for the love of the game" and "for the opportunity to either get back to the NFL or secure their first shot."

Donahue, a 2011 West graduate, was chosen by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2017 National Football League draft. The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Donahue was the 181st player selected. 

Donahue's first season in the NFL came to a halt due to a right-elbow injury that required surgery. The injury led to Donahue being placed on the injured reserve list. Donahue, a NCAA Division II All-American defensive end for West Georgia, injured the elbow blocking on a punt return late in an overtime game against Jacksonville. Donahue had four tackles and four quarterback pressures in four games for the Jets as an outside linebacker.

Donahue was waived by the Jets on the final day of cuts on Sept. 1, 2018. He had recently plead guilty to a pair of DUI charges. Donahue was later suspended 14 weeks by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. In December, Donahue was reinstated by the NFL after his suspension ended.

Donahue is listed as a linebacker on the Legends' roster. This past season, Donahue was a volunteer coach for West's State AA champion football team. 

The Legends are coached by Kevin Coyle and Michael Vick is the team's offensive coordinator, while Pete Metzelaars is the offensive line coach. 

Listed on the roster as a running back is former Michigan star Denard Robinson. 

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