The dream of professional football is a tough one to give up. After the demise of the AAF many had to pursue their deals elsewhere. For some this meant once again trying to catch on with an NFL team. For others, their first real shot comes today with the XFL Player Showcase.
Players like Rahim Moore, a former second round pick of the Denver Broncos, will look to showcase their skills at the new league’s “Summer Showcase” in Los Angeles on Friday. During his eight games with the Arizona Hotshots of the ill-fated Alliance of American Football more totaled 19 tackles and broke up three passes.
However, he won’t be the only former Hotshots players attendance. Former Hotshots linebacker Scooby Wright III has also announced that he’ll be attending. In 2014 the Arizona star was awarded the Bednarik, Lombardi and Nagurski Awards. Wright has been limited by injuries throughout his career but was often compared to Dolphins legend Zach Taylor coming out college. Wright was drafted by the Browns but then spent time with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
Former 2nd round pick for the Redskins, Fred Davis, and former Bears defender Will Sutton will also be in attendance. The showcase takes place on June 21st at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Los Angeles.
Summer Showcases – What Are They?
It’s extremely hard for a league that hasn’t started training to evaluate players. As such, the XFL Summer Showcases, which are taking place in multiple cities, are invite-only workout for players who have shown enough potential for their shot in the XFL opportunities. As well as those that have played in the NFL, invites were sent to players from the CFL and those that have recently completed their college eligibility.
Much like the NFL’s combine, the Summer Showcase will see players measured and timed in drills such as the 40-yard-dash and shuttle drills. Players will the be put through individual positional workouts and 1-on-1 drills as well as private workouts and interviews.
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Thinking about picking an XFL team now? That’s where things get a little hazy. The host cities have been announced, with eight cities making up the league’s initial roster. Dallas, St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. will all become XFL cities. However, the team names and logos are yet to be announced yet alone the uniforms revealed. With the NFL now in it’s down time, and the XFL scheduled to begin in February 2020, it could be argued the next few weeks are prime reveal time before football fans switch their attention back to the NCAA and NFL seasons.
The upstart league, financed by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment, LLC is not short of finances. McMahon, who successfully helms the WWE, told ESPN’s Darren Rovell he’s planned to spend over $500 million in the league’s first three seasons. That’s some significant financial backing.
When’s The Next Showcase?
The XFL is hosting showcases in all its confirmed team’s markets. Dallas, Houston, New York and Washington DC have all already hosted their showcases. Following swiftly after Los Angeles is the Seattle showcase on June 22nd. The final two Showcases will be Tampa Bay, on June 29th at Raymond James Stadium, and St. Louis, on July 13th at Lou Fusz Training Facility.