4 High-Profile Players You Might Recognize in the XFL

Zach Brunner
Cardale Jones may have the most to prove in the XFL.
Cardale Jones may have the most to prove in the XFL. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Super Bowl LIV marked the end of the NFL season, but the football season is far from over. Beginning the weekend of Feb. 8, the XFL season will kick off, marking the league's return from nearly a 20-year hiatus.

While it may be tough to cheer for teams you know little about, you may be surprised to learn there are some XFL players you might recognize. With that in mind, here are four XFL players that you might recognize from their time in college or the NFL.

1. Cardale Jones, QB, DC Defenders

Cardale Jones never threw an NFL pass.
Cardale Jones never threw an NFL pass. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Cardale Jones may be the most well-known player in the XFL, but it's due to his college career. Jones was a national champion with the Ohio State Buckeyes before being a fourth-round draft pick in 2016. He bounced around a bit and was never able to establish himself as a backup quarterback.

2. Landry Jones, QB, Dallas Renegades

Landry Jones had just five NFL starts for the Steelers.
Landry Jones had just five NFL starts for the Steelers. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Known most for being the long-time backup to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, Landry Jones is finally getting his chance to be a starter of a team. Despite being 30 yards old, Jones has made just five NFL starts and has not seen the hits that a typical 30-year-old quarterback has. Jones is dealing with a knee injury, but he should be able to get back on the field soon.

3. Christine Michael, RB, St. Louis BattleHawks

Christine Michael averaged 4.3 yards per carry in the NFL.
Christine Michael averaged 4.3 yards per carry in the NFL. / Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Christine Michael has bounced around the NFL, struggling to find any footing, after spending his first two-plus seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He's a pretty well-known commodity in fantasy circles though, as he frequently was discussed as a potential breakout candidate or waiver wire target. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry over his seven-year NFL career.

4. Marquette King, P, St. Louis BattleHawks

Marquette King averaged 46.7 yards per punt for his NFL career.
Marquette King averaged 46.7 yards per punt for his NFL career. / Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Known for adding a bit of personality to the punter position, Marquette King was one of the few punters that most NFL fans were familiar with. He would celebrate, dance and he wasn't afraid to speak his mind. His best season came in 2013, when he averaged 48.9 yards per punt, which led the NFL. Notably, King was also a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016.


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