There has been a lot of excitement this week since the sale of the XFL was announced via social media. As of now, the goal is still for the league to return to play in 2021. That leaves the new owners with a steadily running clock the second the ink drys on the contract.
Between now and February the XFL’s new head honchos will need to recruit players, coaches, executives, front-office workers and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Luckily for the XFL, The Rock is a larger than life personality that many would love to work with. One of those guys that has put his name into the hat is former Heisman Trophy winner, Matt Leinart.
I want to play in the @xfl2020 @TheRock
— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) August 6, 2020
Last night Leinart took to Twitter to say that he wants to play in the XFL, going as far as tagging the league and The Rock himself. Leinart was a stud in college that never seemed to find his rhythm in the pros. In fact, it’s been seven years since he has been signed with a professional team. For athletes, that’s a lot of time without being on the field.
Leinart now works as a studio analyst for Fox Sports’ college football coverage. He started his career at quarterback for the Trojans in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and as junior he won the Heisman Trophy.
He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Arizona Cardinals (2006–2009), Houston Texans (2010–2011), Oakland Raiders (2012), and Buffalo Bills (2013). Leinart signed a deal with the Pac-12 Network, making his official debut as a Studio Analyst on August 30, 2014. Leinart was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 5, 2017.