The XFL schedule kicked off in February 2020, bringing together college prospects and former NFL players. Some of the names on the rosters of XFL franchises may be familiar to avid football fans, and these are the stars to look out for.
Landry Jones – Quarterback
Before Landry Jones even got his chance in the NFL, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the quarterback. In college he played for the Oklahoma Sooners, before being drafted by the Steelers at the 2013 draft. Jones wasn’t in favor with the Steelers, although he was back up for Roethlisberger in 2018. He has a total of 18 NFL appearances and has a 3-2 career record. Jones teams back up with his college coach Bob Stoops at the Dallas Renegades as he looks to play for a place back in the NFL.
Sammie Coates – Wide receiver
During his college career, Sammie Coates was a name that most NFL teams had on their radar. The wide receiver played for Auburn at college and was selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 2013 draft. There was a lot of competition for places in Pittsburgh, but Coates worked hard to become the third-choice behind Markus Wheaton and Antonio Brown. He’s now playing for the Houston Roughnecks under June Jones, and at just 26 years old, still has plenty of time to become a big football star.
Kony Ealy – Defensive end
Defensive end Kony Ealy was an exciting prospect coming into the NFL back in 2014. He played college football in Missouri before being drafted in the second round by the Carolina Panthers. Ealy would go on to play regular football for four seasons in a row, before struggling to find a spot on the active roster of any franchise. He moved around a lot after leaving the Panthers, but now finds himself in the XFL with something to prove to all his doubters.
Joe Horn Jr. – Wide receiver
There are many young football stars in the XFL who may feel as though they didn’t get a fair shot at the NFL. This is their second chance, and we expect second-generation wide receiver Joe Horn Jr. to have a big impact. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2019 as an undrafted prospect, but was dropped before the season started. That led him to the XFL, where he will expect to showcase his talents for the New York Guardians.
Antonio Callaway – Wide receiver
If the XFL is a second shot at stardom for former NFL prospects, then Antonio Callaway has a lot to prove. He was once hailed as one of the most exciting prospects in the NFL when he joined the Cleveland Browns. After some run-ins with the law, NFL rules, and injury, if Callaway gets on the field in the XFL, he is likely to shine. He is signed to the Tampa Bay Vipers, and he could end up being one of the XFL’s best players by putting up some big numbers.
These XFL stars look set to impress given the opportunity of playing regular football. It’s now up to them to make sure they seize the day and put themselves back in the spotlight.