In a recent interview on the Pivot Podcast, XFL Co-Owner Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson discussed the league’s revival and its focus on providing opportunities for players and coaches alike. Johnson’s passion for the XFL was evident as he shared his journey and the league’s vision with hosts Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor.
During the interview, Johnson highlighted how the XFL was created to help players like him, who didn’t get drafted to the NFL: “It was an easy yes for me, because it wasn’t, man, this thing has failed twice already… But it was just the opportunity to create opportunities for dudes like me who just didn’t get drafted.” Johnson and his business partner, Dany Garcia, purchased the XFL in 2020, and have since focused on building the league with innovative ruling and storytelling to engage fans.
Johnson emphasized the league’s commitment to growth and partnership, revealing a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other executives to express their intentions for the XFL: “There is no competition with the NFL… I said, but what we’d love to do is try and grow the game of football out of respect.” This dedication to collaboration and development has resulted in a successful season with ratings continuing to climb.
Fred Taylor, a former NFL player, and father of an XFL player, praised Johnson for the league’s impact, saying, “I thank you personally… for everybody. And inspiring the notion that there is an opportunity outside of [the] NFL.”
The interview delved into Johnson’s personal life, the WWE and the pivotal moments that have shaped him. He shared two key turning points: embracing his true self in Hollywood and shifting his focus from personal success to taking care of others. The XFL is a prime example of Johnson’s commitment to helping others, providing opportunities for players and coaches to pursue their dreams.
Fans of football and The Rock alike should listen to the full interview to gain insight into Johnson’s passion for the XFL and his journey in creating a league focused on opportunity and growth. The hosts’ authentic conversation with Johnson provides a unique and in-depth look into the man behind the XFL’s revival.
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