We have learned that Darren Krein has been named the “Strength Coach” for the Tampa Bay franchise of the XFL. Many will remember Krein for his help in building the undeniably dominating defensive line for the Miami Hurricanes from 1989 through 1993 along with fellow teammates Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who would later be replaced by hall of famer Warren Sapp after Johnson suffered multiple injuries), Kevin Patrick, Dexter Seigler and Ray Lewis (also a hall of famer) just to name a few. Krein was name first-team All-Big East in his senior year with the Hurricanes and leaving there with a total of 190 tackles and 17.5 sacks.
In 1994 Krein would be drafted in the fifth round (150th overall) by the San Diego Chargers and was picked up by the Green Bay Packers in ‘95. His NFL career was ended after injuring his knee and would never see any actual game play. After his playing career he would then join the coaching staff of the Seattle Seahawks. He would be with Seattle for the 1997-98 seasons and would rejoin them in 2001 and remain with the team till 2009. During that time Krein would work with Matt Hasselbeck after his 2001 injury to become a Pro-Bowler for 3 years.
Krein would also go on to win the NFL Strength Coach of the Year in 2013 as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Miami Dolphins which he held since 2011. He would later join the Indianapolis Colts in 2016.
Even though XFL2020 might not see “The Rock” making a cameo like he did in the original league but it does open up a few doors for him to show some love for a former teammate. They both started their journey in college at the U together, both took different career paths but both wound up working for Vince McMahon.
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