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The XFL is Back: Which Wildcats Would Make McMahon’s League Great?

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).

Jared Lorenzen

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.

Patrick Towles

Lorenzen isn’t the only Mr. Football from Highlands to throw his hat in the ring.

Boom Williams

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.

JoJo Kemp

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.

Art Still

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.

Jason Hatcher

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for The XFL is Back: Which Wildcats Would Make McMahon’s League Great?

  1. Look Out Fireworks
    4:10 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe Vince and LaVar Ball need to get together for some extreme basketball/football extreme crossover league for all the professional rejects… two Ball brothers already qualify for QuarterGuards.

  2. runningunnin.454
    4:14 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Art Still terrorized the SEC.

    4:19 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Dom Hawkins!!!

  4. Mathlete
    4:24 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    He’s not yet a former Wildcat, but the XFL is tailor made for the insanity that is Jordan Jones

  5. PillsburyThrowboy
    5:29 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t call it a comeback

  6. Han
    5:38 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sure he’s banking on all of the “Players today are wusses!” fans tuning in, but the NFL has been changing its rules to cut down on injuries and in reaction to the ever-increasing amount of concussion research. Reviving a league known for being more dangerous to its players doesn’t seem like a smart long-term business plan.

  7. Kevin C
    6:03 pm January 25, 2018 Permalink

    I wouldn’t wish this fate on any former UK players.

    I would probably wish it on most former UofL players, except we already know they would be disqualified, per McMahon’s statements about players with “criminality” or otherwise sketchy pasts, not being welcome.

  8. It’ll never make it. I can’t believe he’s trying it again. Has Paddy Ice not given the CFL a shot?

    I can understand players wanting to play here rather than Canada, but the CFL is a long established league.