When Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL, multiple players from around the world showed interest to be part of new league including former SEC (All-Southeastern Conference) players. Both former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen seemed interested in playing once the league kicks off in 2020. However as previously reported, Manziel likely won’t be eligible due to legal issues. Aside from Manziel and Lorenzen, which other former SEC Stars would be perfect fits for the new XFL? Below is a list of players who could potentially be perfect fits and interested in being part of the XFL in 2020 if the circumstances were right:
Tim Tebow, Florida:
The former Florida legend would have to give up his baseball career, but could get back to doing what he loves most, which is playing football as a quarterback. With a Heisman Trophy, two National Championships and an NFL playoff win under his belt, XFL Officials would be hard-pressed to find a quarterback more qualified or motivated than him.
It would also be difficult to find someone who could bring people to watch and go to games more effectively than Tebow. There could be an issue in Tebow playing for the XFL in 2020. Tebow will be 32 years old by the time the XFL relaunches in 2020 and eight years will have been removed from the time he last played professional football.
Jared Lorenzen, Kentucky:
Everyone’s favorite college quarterback could be making a professional comeback. Jared Lorenzen had some fun when it was announced that the XFL will be returning in 2020 and he could very well attempt a comeback when the XFL relaunches. He would be 38 years old and has struggled with his weight in recent years, but anything is possible.
Trent Richardson, Alabama:
Here is another Heisman finalist to the list. Alabama’s Trent Richardson would be a great fit for the XFL and would be a threat to tear apart opposing defenses on every play. He bounced out of the NFL after failing to average over four yards per carry in any of his three seasons, but could be a perfect candidate for an XFL rebound story. Also, he won’t reach the age of 30 yet by the time the league relaunches in 2020.
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss:
A knee injury caused Chad Kelly to free-fall in last year’s NFL Draft until the Denver Broncos selected him with the final pick. But in the XFL, Kelly would be anything but Mr. Irrelevant. He’s fiery, he has a big arm and he will still be very young and agile in 2020. The jury is still out on his NFL career, but he didn’t seem to be an option for the Broncos in 2017, despite their significant quarterback woes.
Aaron Murry, Georgia:
Aaron Murray would be an excellent candidate for the XFL. He was a 5th round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014, but never got any game action. However, his college numbers speak for themselves: 13,166 yards and 121 touchdowns to just 41 interceptions in four seasons. If Vince McMahon wants to lure in the Atlanta TV market, Murray would be a great way to do so.
Chris Davis, Auburn:
It might be hard for the XFL to pull in some high-profile defenders, but look no further than the man who made one of the greatest plays in college football history: Auburn’s Chris Davis. Yes, the kick-six will live on forever, but Davis’ professional football career is currently stalled. He played in 19 career games from 2014-2016 with the Chargers and 49ers, but did not make a roster this past season. Davis shutting down opposing receivers in the XFL would be a welcomed sight for nostalgic Auburn fans.
Felix Jones, Arkansas:
This is a former first round pick player who tore up SEC defenses with Darren McFadden and Peyton Hillis. Jones is now four years removed from the wear-and-tear of playing running back in the NFL, but his explosiveness and speed could stand out on an XFL field. He averaged a league-leading 5.9 yards per carry in 2009, and with some rest and relaxation under his belt, he could be a great candidate for an XFL comeback.
Percy Harvin, Florida:
Percy Harvin used to be the most electric player on any football field he stepped on. Unfortunately, a series of concussions caused him to retire at the age of 28 in 2016. But perhaps there’s a role for him in the new XFL. He made plenty of money in the NFL, but if he’s itching to come back and he’s medically cleared, Harvin would be a lot of fun to watch.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M:
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect fit for the XFL than Johnny Manziel. Another Heisman trophy winner with a dazzling flare for the dramatic, Manziel would surely be great television if nothing else. While his eligibility remains in question, his interest does not and neither does the question of whether or not he could entertain the masses in 2020.
Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss:
Another dual-threat quarterback that would be a great option for the XFL. Former Ole Miss Rebel Jeremiah Masoli. The ex-Oregon transfer found success with the Rebels in 2010, throwing for 2,039 yards and rushing for another 544 while scoring 20 total touchdowns. Masoli has enjoyed a productive CFL career, throwing for 6,325 yards the past two seasons. But an XFL re-boot could be an even better opportunity.
These are just some of the potential players who could do exceptionally well when the XFL returns in 2020. It will interesting to see if any of these players does make a team in the XFL in 2020.
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