XFL Releases Collection of Super Bowl Sunday Videos Mocking the NFL

On the biggest day for football of the year, Vince McMahon and the XFL have struck a shot across the bow of the NFL.

Only minutes before Super Bowl LII’s start, the XFL released the following three videos on their official social media channels. Each tackles a different aspect of the NFL’s product that is currently lacking–the rules surrounding what is and isn’t a catch, the speed of the game (or lack thereof), and the arguably complicated rules.

You can check out each witty short below:

Super Bowl Retrospective: Former XFLers That Participated in the Big Game

As we gear up for the 52nd edition of the Super Bowl, officially known as “LII” (these Roman numerals are starting to look silly, aren’t they?), here at XFL Access we wanted to take a time out to remember all those former 2001 XFL players that would later take the field for the biggest game of the year.

Fred Coleman former XFLer in Super Bowl

Each of the below played downs in Vince McMahons’s upstart league before taking their talents to the NFL and, eventually, securing a spot on a Super Bowl squad. Just a little something to chew on—-besides chips and dip—-prior to the Patriots and Eagles showdown.

  1. Fred Coleman (Super Bowl XXXVI, New England Patriots)
  2. Kelly Herndon (Super Bowl XL, Seattle Seahawks)
  3. Corey Ivy (Super Bowl XXXVII, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  4. Paris Lenon (Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver Broncos)
  5. Tommy Maddox (Super Bowl XL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  6. Yo Murphy (Super Bowl XXXVI, St. Louis Rams)
  7. Rod Smart (Super Bowl XXXVIII, Carolina Panthers)

Enjoy yourselves tonight!

Rod Smart former XFLer in the NFL

Terrell Owens is Terribly Ornery About the XFL

Vince McMahon’s announced effort to bring the XFL back in 2020 following its one-year stint in 2001 has been met with a healthy mix of skepticism, applause, excitement, and disdain.

Put former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens firmly in that latter camp.

T.O. thinks McMahon stands to make a “mockery” of football and isn’t on board with the XFL’s projected timeline, despite the billionaire’s intention to take a full two years to get things in order—hardly the approx. 12-month rush job many other would-be alternative football leagues have tried in recent years.

Terrell Owens is Terribly Ornery About the XFL

When asked by The Sporting News as to whether he’d be interested in “running it back” as a professional footballer once again in the XFL, Owens was not receptive in the slightest:

“Absolutely not,” Owens said. “The XFL is two years away. Vince McMahon, he had a run at that in 2001 and it didn’t really do so well. He’s had a number of years to try to figure it out, and has only two years before it starts up to put it back on the right track.”

“I don’t foresee it being a great success unless they make some drastic changes to bring together some quality talent and bring together a quality game. That’s what it’s about. He can’t make a mockery of football. [emphasis added] He’s looking at it like a business, but you need to have quality with that.”

In short, T.O. thinks the XFL will stink. And these days, T.O. is not about stinking.

Really. ‘Cause the dude is now an official partner with Febreze. He’ll be starring in a #BleepDontStink ad campaign during Super Bowl 52.

Terrell Owens to Star in Febreze Ad During Super Bowl

That’s right. The guy that plans on playing a hand in keeping your potty odors at bay isn’t interested in playing in Vince McMahon’s XFL.

To each their own, T.O., but honestly, we’d take the latter gig over the former. But you do you, bro.

Former NFL Punter, Sean Landeta, High on the XFL’s Potential

Today, Sean Landeta, a 22-year NFL veteran with five different league teams from 1985 through 2006, spoke up on behalf of Vince McMahon’s XFL 2020 effort.

Following McMahon’s XFL announcement via the Alpha Entertainment platform and his voiced reverence for the national anthem, Landeta got on the horn with FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co” to express his enthusiasm.

“It will open a lot of people’s eyes thinking, wow, let’s see what kind of a league he has. If he doesn’t try to compete with the NFL and make it football in the spring, because people love the sport so much, I think they’ll watch it,” Landeta said.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

Landeta’s a known friend to alternative leagues—after all, he played in one. He was the final active NFL player to ever take the field for the United States Football League (USFL) and punted for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars for each of the USFL’s three seasons.

As a man that knows alternative leagues personally, perhaps Landeta’s optimism re: the XFL carries some weight.

A Look Back: Jeff Brohm’s “I Have a Pulse” XFL Moment

You now know Jeff Brohm as the head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers, leading the team to their first bowl victory since the 2011 season following a 7-6 first-year record in 2017. Prior to that, he did his thing on the gridiron as a player for the University of Louisville before tossing his hat into the NFL ring from 1994 to 2000.

However, readers here probably know him best for a singular moment during his lone season playing under center for the XFL’s Orlando Rage in 2001.

Brohm took a whopper of a hit that landed him in the hospital… only to return to action the next week. And during the sideline XFL interview prior to the following game, Brohm gave a series of quotes tailor-made for the braggadocio of the upstart league (1:04 below):

Reflecting on his “I have a pulse” quip back in July 2017 with SB Nation, Brohm looked back on it fondly—and encouraged his own players to display a little well-chosen showmanship:

“You know what? There were no curse words,” Brohm said. “There was nothing derogatory. It was a little over the top, and it was a little staged, so to speak. But you know what? It was in the fun-loving atmosphere of the game, and it was trying to get the fans and the team going a little bit. Of all things, since where I’ve been, I’m all for swagger and personality. As long as our guys are respecting the game and not getting any penalties, they can do what they need to do.”

Vince McMahon and co. are currently looking for their next Jeff Brohm to take a licking and keep on ticking when the XFL returns in 2020.

Jared Lorenzen Tweets “He Ate Me” Nickname in Advance of #XFL2020

Jared Lorenzen was already dreaming up a professional football comeback even before Vince McMahon took to his Alpha Entertainment platform to officially announce the XFL’s return in 2020.

The Pillsbury Throwboy, as the NY Daily News refers to him, has a fresh nickname picked out, to boot.

“He Ate Me.”

The moniker, of course, is a play off Rod Smart’s “He Hate Me” nickname from the original XFL’s 2001 season.

As a refresher, Lorenzen last hit the gridiron as the signal caller for the Continental Indoor Football League’s Northern Kentucky River Monsters. Once Eli Manning’s backup, he last represented the Colts in the NFL before getting cut during 2008’s training camp.

Although he’s now newly dedicated to his health, Lorenzen hit 500 lbs. at one point in 2016. Fortunately, he has ample time to get back in playing shape before the XFL’s inaugural season.

ESPN Offers Amusing, If Infantile, XFL Team Name Generator

ESPN has graced Vince McMahon’s new XFL alternative league effort with a… halfhearted?… team name generator.

The “generator” operates as a simple graphic that encourages users to:

1.  Choose their closest location.

2. Select the first letter of their last name (and corresponding moniker).

That’s it. It’s bare-boned and exceedingly simplistic, but fun and frivolous options exist, such as this writer’s “Carolina Komodo Dragons” result. And a number of fans enjoyed its novelty.

However, opinion runs the gamut, with Facebook commenter Andrew Nefstead questioning ESPN’s effort:

Is their social media account being run by a 14 year old girl?

Perhaps. But 14-year-old girls are pretty proficient at social media these days, so it’s maybe not the worst hiring practice for the Worldwide Leader. And let’s be real—most alternative league owners would sacrifice their first-born son for immediate ESPN exposure, so maybe Vince should pen little Stephanie at ESPN a thank-you note.

Vince McMahon Likely Torches Johnny Manziel’s XFL Dreams

Well, that was awkward.

Two seasons removed from the NFL and still at the mercy of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Johnny Manziel is eager to get under center for a professional team ASAP. He made as much clear with a hopeful tweet to Vince McMahon shortly after the latter began his #XFL2020 live stream yesterday:

Alas, young Manziel’s timing was inopportune, as McMahon effectively seemed to shoot down the former Texas A&M star’s suggestion only minutes later during the Q & A portion of the presser.

“The quality of the human being is very important and just as important as the quality of the player,” McMahon said. “You want someone who does not have any criminality associated with him whatsoever … Even if you have a DUI, you will not play in the XFL.”

Unfortunately for Manziel, he’s suffered from consistent character issues and carries further blemishes following an indictment for a misdemeanor assault charge in 2016.

However, there’s a glimmer of hope—the charge was dismissed late in 2017. And Darren Rovell has this to say in his own tweet:

Will we see Johnny Football in the XFL in 2020? Despite Vince’s statements, this is a story worth keeping an eye on.

Vince McMahon Announces Return of XFL in 2020

It’s back.

Vince McMahon is resurrecting the XFL after 17 years, following the original concept’s one-year stint as a league in 2001.

The news came earlier today via a 3 p.m. live stream on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube courtesy of McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment.

For those that missed it, you can view the full announcement above. However, the following are the CliffsNotes:

  • In an effort to ensure quality of play, the XFL won’t kick off until 2020.
  • Eight teams in the inaugural season
  • 10-game season likely starting in January
  • 40-man rosters
  • Plans in place for two-hour games
  • If you have a criminal record, you’re SOL.
  • If you want a forum for airing your political grievances, you’re likewise SOL—social issues will be shelved during broadcasts.
  • McMahon will be the sole financier of the league to the tune of an estimated $100 million, the same amount of simoleons he liquidated last month via the sale of WWE stock.
  • This is not a joint venture featuring the WWE or NBC. There will be no tie-in to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., and Vince himself has no plans to make scheduled appearances or act as the XFL’s “face.”
  • At 41, Rod “He Hate Me” Smart is not expected to be featured.

Darren Rovell has some solid reporting over at ESPN and we’re pulling some choice quotes for you below:

“I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one,” McMahon told ESPN. “A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You were the one who screwed this up,’ or ‘You made this thing a success.'”

“I don’t think people want to see the same thing when they’re streaming as they see on television. That’s boring. I think fans want it shot in a totally different way, and I think there’s an immersive opportunity that’s more interactive to the game.”

“The start of this league has nothing to do with the NFL’s troubles. What has happened there is their business, and I’m not going to knock those guys, but I am going to learn from their mistakes as anyone would if they were tasked with reimagining a new football league.”

“One thing we are not is a development league for the NFL.”

“Every city is on our radar.”

We’ll have more soon, but suffice to say, there’s a lot for alternative sports fans to be hype about.