After much speculation, this afternoon Vince McMahon made it official: the XFL will return in 2020.
Tagged as “professional football reimagined,” few details have been shared. We don’t know where the teams will play, who will broadcast the games, if the rules will change or if it will work the second time around. What we can do is speculate which former Kentucky Wildcats will play against Johnny Manzeil (who will surely be the league’s poster boy).
He’ll need McMahon to bring some serious cash to the table to buy out his KSR Football Podcast contract, but if that happens, Jared has already begun his offseason training.
— jared lorenzen (@JaredLorenzen22) January 25, 2018
Lorenzen isn’t the only Mr. Football from Highlands to throw his hat in the ring.
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— Patrick Towles (@patty_ice_8) January 25, 2018
Branding will not be a problem for Boom. Just slap that name on the back of a jersey and sit his Dad in the front row. Gimmicks aside, he actually could be the explosive, playmaking star McMahon’s league needs.
Even though JoJo has another job in football, now an assistant at Dunbar High School, I think the money might be just a little bit better with McMahon as his employer. JoJo has the build to withstand the brutality and he’d be a spectacular promoter for the league. He changed the game at Kentucky. I think he can change the game in the XFL.
The former All-American will be 65 in 2020, but have you seen him?!?!? That dude looks like he could dominate college football today.
C.J. “Poop” Johnson
The former Kentucky defensive lineman never lasted in the NFL because of his size, but he’s proved in the CFL he still has the explosiveness to succeed. The only thing bigger than his game and his hair is his personality. Since his first summer camp interview at UK made the Late Night Shows, he’s taken on the Poop persona. He’s probably taken it too far with the #Poopmane hashtag on his Instagram account, but it probably plays well to the XFL audience.
The edge rusher from Trinity never had a problem making plays on the field, he just got in trouble off the field. Kicked off Kentucky’s team after a marijuana trafficking arrest, pot will probably not be an issue in McMahon’s XFL. After UK, Hatcher continued to play and the last we heard from him in September, he was still working to find a football home. That home just might be the XFL.
Hopefully Kentucky’s fourth all-time leading receiver will find an NFL home this fall. If not, I think Garrett Johnson can enjoy plenty of drinks in XFL end zones.