Several former Chargers look to continue playing careers in XFL

When the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers square off in Super Bowl LIV this Sunday, football fans won’t have to wait as long to see professional football.

That is because the revived XFL is set to kick off right after the NFL season comes to an end, looking to establish spring football as a thing for fans starving for more. Of course, several leagues have tried this before and failed.

Last year, the Alliance of American Football took a shot at football after the NFL season and didn’t even complete the first full season, folding due to financial issues. The XFL was around about 20 years ago and failed miserably so fans are skeptical of the new league, and rightly so.

But when the XFL begins play on February 8, there will be several former Los Angeles Chargers looking to make a mark and either become stars in the developing league or create a bridge back to the NFL.

The XFL has held a draft and training camps have been in full swing. Recently, each team in the league released a 52-man roster prior to the start of the season.

Cardale Jones is the first name that jumps out. The Chargers gave the quarterback every opportunity to make the team, but when he couldn’t beat out Easton Stick this past summer, he was finally released.

In the XFL, Jones will be the starting quarterback for the DC Defenders.

Former Chargers running back Andre Williams is a member of the Houston Roughnecks and will fight for carries with De’Angelo Henderson, among others.

Speaking of running backs, Kenneth Farrow is listed as the starting running back of the Seattle Dragons.

In addition, longtime Chargers kicker Nick Novak will be the kicker for the Los Angeles Wildcats. Yes, there is a team in Los Angeles, one that will play its home games at Dignity Health Sports Park.

This is a new league with an interesting and unique set of rules. It may be something you’re excited to see, it may be something you could care less about. But these former Chargers are thrilled to be continuing their chance to play the game they love.

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Other Chargers on XFL rosters include:

Malachi Dupre, WR, DC Defenders

Nelson Spruce, WR, Los Angeles Wildcats

Arrion Springs, CB, Los Angeles Wildcats

Jordan Smallwood, WR, Los Angeles Wildcats

Justice Liggins, WR, New York Guardians

A.J. Hendy, S, New York Guardians

D’Juan Hines, LB, New York Guardians

Brant Weiss, OT, New York Guardians

Dexter McCoil, S, St. Louis Battlehawks

Cole Hunt, TE, St. Louis Battlehawks

Channing Stribling, CB, Seattle Dragons

Ben Johnson, TE, Seattle Dragons