Despite the XFL only having a single season so far, a lot of their players have not only made a difference in the world of professional football, but they have also made a name for themselves all around the world. Some of these XFL famous players have even won a championship not only in the XFL but also in the Super Bowl. These are also some of the best XFL players because they reached the pinnical of their profession. There are four distinguished players that have this honor. These players are:
Ron Carpenter played defensive back for five seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams. He played college football at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a three-time first-team All-Mid-American Conference player and served as captain his senior season. He was also inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 14, 2016. Carpenter was also an All-World League player for the Amsterdam Admirals and spent seasons with the New York City Hawks of the Arena Football League (AFL), the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL, and the Nashville Kats, Georgia Force, and Detroit Fury of the AFL. He won a Super Bowl ring in 1999 with the Rams and an XFL Championship ring in 2001 with the Xtreme. Following his football career, he took up coaching and scouting. He scouted for Pro Football Scouts Inc and the Tennessee Titans and he coached for Princeton High School in Ohio, the Georgia Force, Central State University, Indiana University, Miami University and the University of Central Arkansas.
Tommy Maddox is one of the most known players in the entire XFL and NFL alike. He was the league MVP and the quarterback for the Los Angeles Xtreme. He signed with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers after the XFL folded. Maddox later became the starting quarterback for the Steelers in 2002 and led them to that year’s playoffs, as well as continuing to start for them into 2004. Maddox made an impact in his time in the XFL. He was the only quarterback of the league to start all 10 regular season games, led the league in passing yards, touchdowns, rushed for two touchdowns, and led the Xtreme to the Million Dollar Game and the championship of the inaugural season. The Xtreme defeated the San Francisco Demons with a score of 38–6. Maddox initially signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 as a backup to Kordell Stewart. From 2001-2004, he led the Steelers to the playoffs only to lose and not win the Super Bowl. In 2005, the Steelers would eventually win Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks in the postseason, but Maddox was among a handful of Steeler players, including linebacker James Harrison, who opted not to attend the ceremony at the White House honoring their Super Bowl championship. On March 3, 2006, the Steelers released Maddox for salary cap reasons.
David Richie is a defensive tackle who played four seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers. He played college football at the University of Washington and attended Kelso High School in Kelso, Washington. He was a member of the Denver Broncos team that won Super Bowl XXXII over the Green Bay Packers. Richie also won the Million Dollar Game in the XFL as a member of the Los Angeles Xtreme.
Bobby Singh was a guard who played for the Calgary Stampeders in the first round of the 1999 CFL Draft. Singh has the distinction of being the only player in football history to have won an XFL Championship, a Super Bowl, and a Grey Cup. Singh was drafted in the first round, eighth overall by the Calgary Stampeders in the 1999 Canadian College Draft. He signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams, winning a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXXIV while on the Rams’ practice roster. He underwent back surgery, was released after the season, and spent the 2000 season recovering. In 2001, he signed with the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL, playing in six regular season and two playoff games, and winning that league’s first and only championship, the Million Dollar Game. In March 2006, Singh signed a four-year contract with the BC Lions. He played for twelve games in 2006, as well as the West Division final and Grey Cup, which the Lions won over the Montreal Alouettes 25-14, but he missed six games due to an injury and was used sparingly late in the season. He was released by the Lions on April 5, 2007.
These players have made such an impact in the XFL’s only season that now they are known worldwide. As we all know, the XFL will be relaunched in early 2020 and these players most certainly have a place in the league if they decide to be part of the league once it returns. It will interesting to see if Vince McMahon will want these players as part of his rebooted XFL in 2020.
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