Football is not over.
The Super Bowl is typically the end of the football season but there is something to look forward to as the XFL will make its return this weekend when the Seattle Dragons take on the DC Defenders. It will be the second installment of the league after a failed attempt in the early 2000s which lasted just one season.
Many wonder if the XFL will have a similar fate as the Alliance of American Football could not complete a full season just a year ago. The AAF also had eight teams and its ending left several players unpaid, many of which are now making the transition to the XFL. The league has made some rule changes from their failed past which they hope will draw fans to the game.
Regardless, it is an opportunity for players who did not catch on with a NFL team to showcase their talent. That includes several players who shined in the short history of the American Athletic Conference. Two former AAC Player of the Year winners will don a XFL uniform in Keenan Reynolds and Quinton Flowers.
Here is a list of every former AAC standout that will take part in the XFL:
WR Kahlil Lewis - Houston Roughnecks
WR Mekale McKay - New York Guardians
LB Nick Temple - Seattle Dragons
CB Josh Hawkins - Dallas Renegades
QB Philip Nelson - Dallas Renegades
RB Kenneth Farrow - Seattle Dragons
LB D’Juan Hines - New York Guardians
DT Joey Mbu - New York Guardians
DT Latarius Brady - Los Angeles Wildcats
WR Keenan Reynolds - Seattle Dragons
OL Cole Boozer - DC Defenders
WR Adonis Jennings - Los Angeles Wildcats
DE Praise Martin-Oguike - Seattle Dragons
OL Jaelin Robinson - Los Angeles Wildcats
TE Colin Thompson - Tampa Bay Vipers
QB P.J. Walker - Houston Roughnecks
DT Tony Guerad - Dallas Renegades
DB Rannell Hall - Tampa Bay Vipers
OL Jordan McCray - Tampa Bay Vipers
LB Terrance Plummer - Tampa Bay Vipers
LB Reshard Cliett - Dallas Renegades
OL Quinterrius Eatmon - Seattle Dragons
QB Quinton Flowers - Tampa Bay Vipers
CB Deatrick Nichols - Houston Roughnecks
TE Sean Price - Dallas Renegades
The Temple Owls led the way with six former players making a roster. Three programs failed to have any players on a XFL roster as SMU, Tulane and Tulsa had zero former athletes catch on with a team.
We are all hopeful the XFL’s second coming has a better outcome than the AAF experiment.