After what has been a long and excruciating wait, football is finally back! While the Green Bay Packers will not be playing until September, the freshly relaunched XFL has returned for its regular season, with many players and staff with Packers connections now part of the league.
The XFL was initially founded in 2001 by WWE’s Vince McMahon with the intent to serve as a more dramatic, exciting, and entertaining alternative to the National Football League. While the XFL played a single season in 2001, McMahon announced in 2018 that the league would return in early 2020.
However, five weeks into the season, the XFL suspended its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One month later, on April 10, 2020, the league announced it was suspending all operations. Three days later, the league filed for bankruptcy.
In August 2020, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, along with longtime business partner and ex-wife Dany Garcia, led a consortium to purchase the XFL for $15 million. Under Johnson’s leadership, the XFL plans to serve as more of a developmental partner for the NFL.
In 2022, the XFL signed a collaboration agreement with the NFL to “experiment with proposed rules, test new equipment and develop prospective officials and coaches and explore new ways to address player safety.”
As the XFL opened its relaunched version this past weekend (third time is the charm, amiright), here are some notable former Packers on each of the eight XFL teams playing in 2023.