The USFL has named a new USFL director of player administration, and it comes as no shock that the gig went to Jim Popp. Many are excited about the commencement and re-launching of the USFL and this is just another positive step in the right direction, Popp bringing to the table loads of experience.
“I’m extremely passionate about football and the opportunity to work with Fox Sports and to bring back the USFL in 2022 was an endeavor worth pursuing…We look forward to providing players a new opportunity to compete in a professional football league and giving fans everywhere the best football viewing product possible during what is typically a period devoid of professional football.”Brian Woods – via TSN
This was the mission statement delivered to football fans back in June and talk about words capable of launching a thousand ships. Of course the speaker, Brian Woods—who is co-founder of the new USFL and is also founder and CEO of The Spring League—doesn’t have Helen of Troy’s enigmatical good looks, and although he’s a handsome enough man, those words lit a fire in one and all moving forward and many are excited about the re-launching of the USFL.
And step in the right direction they did only further, in naming one Jim Popp to the role of USFL director of player administration.
Of course to football fans, Jim Popp is no stranger. The many positions he’s held in the realm of football are many and include: Director of Football Operations, Vice President, General Manager, Director of Player Personnel, Assistant Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Chief of Staff, Head Coach, Advisor to the Head Coach, and now this…
In 1983 he played both defensive back and wide receiver before an injury ended his playing in 1986. It was then that his sights shifted to coaching and he coached the same team he played for – Michigan State—in 1986, working under both Nick Saban and Charlie Baggett.
What followed were a string of positions – the aforementioned ones at many schools and stints with the World League of American Football, and of course the CFL where with The Montreal Alouettes, spent 20 years where he held the following positions: Vice President, General Manager, Director of Football Operations, and Director of Player Personnel.
He would also serve as head coach for the team…He later went on to the Toronto Argonauts and is a 5x Grey Cup champion (three with the Alouettes…2002, 2009, and 2010).
*The following press conference is dated, but it goes back to his time with Montreal and offers insight into his great and analytical mind…
It was in 2020 that he was named consultant for the XFL, specifically for player evaluations during training camp located in Houston, Texas.
It was in 2019 that he made these statements regarding his legacy in Montreal:
“Listen, it’s interesting to me. Let’s just put it that way. I would love to return there and be the GM…I don’t think I should have ever left Montreal. I don’t think I ever should have been out of a job…
There’s more to doing the job than winning and losing. There’s a lot of things to the job that I do right — working with people and giving them opportunities. Getting people to perform…If people want to have a chance to win a championship, I’m available. It was a remarkable run. Whether people want to admit it or not, it was a dynasty. We did some great things that are abnormal.”Jim Popp – via The Montreal Gazette
And perhaps now it’s time to do something else that will stand the test of time and be considered abnormal…which is to usher in the successful re-launching of a league that sadly failed in the past… a league that perhaps shouldn’t have ever failed to begin with, many might argue.
Perhaps they, the USFL, landed a lion in terms of capabilities, and if there’s anyone that can handle the pressure and has the steam enough to do well, it’s this man right here. We wish him nothing but the best, here at the XFL News Hub…looking forward to what other magic he can spurn forth from that magic wand of his.
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