We are going way back in this one, as we celebrate the recent accomplishment of Jeff Brohm, a former Orlando Rage Quarterback of the XFL 1.0. Brohm whose been coaching at Purdue, has now been named Head Coach at his Alma Matar Louisville after leading the Boilermakers to a 36-34 record and brings a career 66-44 to Louisville.
Brohm was a journeyman Quarterback undrafted out of Louisville in 1994. Brohm would bounce around Six NFL teams from 1994-2000 appearing in 8 games, throwing for 353 Yards One touchdown and One interception. In 2001 Brohm would be the 4th Overall pick in the 2001 XFL 1.0 draft. Brohm would win the starting job for the Orlando Rage starting seven games throwing for 993 Yards, 9 TDs, with a league leading 99.9 Passer Rating. Brohm’s tenure in the XFL is most notable for his sideline interview after getting injured during the XFL season. Brohm’s 993 passing yards and 9 TDs are 33rd and 9th in the all-time post 2000 Alt-League stats.
Upon his retirement from the XFL, Brohm would become Head Coach of the AF2’s Louisville Fire earning a record of 2-14. Brohm would then join Louisville from 2003-2008 in various Offensive roles, before having stints at FAU, Illinois, and UAB from 2009-2012. In 2013 he joined Western Kentucky as an Offensive Coordinator only to be promoted to Head Coach for the Hilltoppers a role he’d hold from 2014-2016 in which he’d coach future NFL QBs Brandon Doughty and Mike White. Brohm then joined Purdue from 2017, until being named the Cardinals Head Coach on December 7th.
Another caveat to the former Rage QB getting hired at Louisville, is his brother Brian Brohm a former Alt-League QB himself being named interim Head Coach of Purdue for their final bowl game. Brian Brohm who is a veteran of the NFL, UFL and CFL. Brohm another Louisville Quarterback back played two seasons for the UFL’s Las Vegas Locos, in addition to three seasons in the CFL for the Blue Bombers and Hamiliton Ti-Cats.
The path of the Brohm brothers both becoming Head Coach is unique in itself however their ties to Alt-League’s is one that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Both Brohm’s have ties to leagues many fans have grown accustomed to seeing pop up and wash away. Hopefully with the reincarnation of XFL 3.0, we as fans see more success stories of players transitioning to the NFL, in addition to former players taking leadership roles in college and other professional leagues.
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