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The Rock Talks XFL Vision With Cigar Aficionado

With a new television show coming this week on NBC in Young Rock, The Rock spoke with Cigar Aficionado on a multitude of topics including his purchase of the XFL.

The Rock talked about his purchase of the XFL and the vision he has for the league moving forward.

”My dreams of playing in the NFL never happened,” he said. “Look, Warren Sapp beat me out for my position, I had a lot of injuries, and none of those mattered. At the end of the day I wasn’t good enough. What the XFL will provide is an opportunity [for future players] to play. If the XFL was around for me in 1995 and I didn’t get drafted into the NFL, you can believe I would have got on the XFL field.”

Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), and RedBird Capital Partners were selected as the winning bidder for all of the assets of Alpha Entertainment LLC, the parent company of the XFL in 2020.

The league is expected to resume play in 2022. 

Young Rock premieres on NBC on Tuesday February 16 at 8pm EST.

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  1. Dave Lester

    February 14, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Louisville KY. Missing out, if they can pack the house with soccer, football would dominate.

  2. Timm Hamm

    February 22, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Can’t wait for 2022 and the XFL!

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