The XFL is serious about delivering the best football product to fans possible.
Unlike the league’s first run in 2001, which folded after its first and only season, the 2020 rebirth of the XFL will not feature any sort of crossover whatsoever with the WWE. XFL owner Vince McMahon, the professional wrestling business tycoon, and owner of WWE, made that very clear.
He has acquired the services of former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck to spearhead the operation this time around, as Luck serves as the XFL’s commissioner. Speaking to ESPN, Luck assured football fans the league will take the game very serious, without any gimmicks.
“Football is kind of a serious game,” Luck said, “and what I’ve been saying all the time, so much that people think it’s tongue-in-cheek, is that we’re doing this for the love of the game. It’s for the love for football. And that really is it. That’s what we want to be for. I’m not a gimmicky person.”
Many players in the XFL will be getting their second shots at football. Look no further than quarterback Landry Jones, a former fourth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who after over six seasons in the NFL as a backup, has now been drafted to quarterback the XFL’s Dallas Renegades.
Cardale Jones, who once led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a College National Championship in 2014, is also getting his second chance at football with the XFL. After bouncing from several teams as a former fourth-round draft pick, Jones is now the quarterback for the DC Defenders.
There are plenty of other talented NFL alumnists – such as Trent Richardson, Matt Jones, and Zach Mettenberger – who went undrafted in the initial XFL Draft, but will get another chance to make a team during this week’s Supplemental Draft.
“That’s what I think we can do for players,” Luck said. “There are plenty of talented players out there for us who are a hair too short or get an injury here or there that sets them back.
“But I think arguably that’s more attractive than saying, ‘Hey, there’s Jim Kelly playing for the Houston Gamblers or Doug Flutie playing for New Jersey.’ The USFL, back in the day, they had some players as their calling card. That was their strategy: to get a star or two on each team. For us, it’s going to be more about the collective.”
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