The XFL is giving it another go and Vince McMahon once against attempts to find success with a second pro football other than the NFL.
Will it succeed? Well, they have a few things in place that should help a lot. For one, they have television deals in place with ESPN and Fox.
ESPN and Fox are taking the broadcasts seriously. The top XFL games on ESPN will be called by Steve Levy, Dan Orlovsky and WVU all-time leading scorer Pat McAfee. On Fox Curt Menefee and Joel Klatt will be on the call.
Mountaineer fans will get to watch some former Mountaineers in the league. The WVU players in the XFL draft include safety Kenny Robinson Jr., offensive lineman Isaiah Hardy and linebacker Terence Garvin.
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— XFL (@xfl2020) October 8, 2019
Kenny Robinson Jr. entered the transfer portal back in June, but never did decide a destination. As the XFL came closer it was a natural fit for Robinson to be a part of it.
Former West Virginia safety Kenny Robinson Jr., a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year, will be the first player with college eligibility remaining to join the XFL. Why? He hopes actual football will help him more than the Underwear Olympics. https://t.co/HJ9NMBB1OC pic.twitter.com/T0A2JH9qQ4
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) October 8, 2019
Isaiah Hardy started at right guard for seven games during the 2018 season for WVU. Hardy is 6’6″ and 335 pounds.
Terence Garvin brings NFL experience to the XFL Draft. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013 to 2015 and for the Washington Redskins for the 2016 season and was on the Seahawks in 2017. He was signed by the 49ers before the 2018 season and released September 22, 2018.
In a game against the Cincinnati Bengals Terence Garvin broke the jaw of Bengals punter Kevin Huber. At the time he was not penalized, but he was later fined $25,000 by the NFL.
Garvin then joined the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football. He was named Defensive Player of the Week after his team took down the Atlanta Legends 40 to 6. Garvin had 11 tackles, two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
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It’s good to see some Mountaineers get another chance to get paid to do what they love. If the league is successful and gains traction more and more Mountaineers will be on board.