Soon, professional football will expand beyond the National Football League.
Though it’s yet to be seen how either of the proposed new football leagues (Alliance of American Football and XFL) will be received by the national audience, there has to be hope within the football community and former members of the football community that playing careers could extend beyond that last NFL pink slip.
Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, will be bringing the XFL back from the dead. The league lasted just one season in its first run back in 2001 and those not in favor of the new and improved XFL are already predicting the reboot won’t last any longer.
Shortly after that announcement, Charlie Ebersol, the son of NBC’s Dick Ebersol, announced that he had former the AAF and he’s planning to beat McMahon to the punch, as his league is slated to start next spring. McMahon’s XFL kicks off in 2020.
The NFL is king and that’s not going to change anytime soon. But we’re all football fans, right? We should want these new leagues to succeed.
There are hundreds of former NFL players out there who would love the opportunity to prove they can still play the game. Some of those players used to wear a Chargers jersey.
Players who could still play professionally would have to have played in the NFL fairly recently and still be able to offer a pro team something. So, which former Chargers could resurrect their careers somewhere else? Who knows, there could even be a team in the Chargers’ old stomping grounds.