Two Steelers Greats Officially Announced as XFL Head Coaches
By Larry Rupp
The XFL will be back with a new season in February 2023 and recently announced the eight head coaches that will be leading the way for their respective teams. Among them were a couple of Pittsburgh Steelers legends in defensive back Rod Woodson and wide receiver Hines Ward.
Additional details regarding teams, cities and venues are set to come out in the coming months. Nevertheless, it's exciting news for any Steelers fans that grew up watching Woodson annoy opposing quarterbacks in the early 1990s and Ward making miraculous catches in the 2000s.
Woodson was an 11-time Pro Bowler and ultimately named to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2009. His coaching experience isn't nearly as lengthy, though. The 57-year-old had a few stints as the Raiders' cornerbacks coach (2011 & 2017) and worked as a coaching intern for a few other AFC squads, too.
Meanwhile, Ward jumped right into coaching when his playing career ended in 2011. He served as an assistant head coach with the New York Jets from 2019-2020 before taking on a similar role at Florida Atlantic University. He even recently interviewed for the Houston Texans' head coaching gig.
XFL Co-owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson expressed extreme excitement during their appearance on ESPN's Get Up on Wednesday morning. If anything, Steelers fans will see a few familiar faces on the sidelines when tuning into the action. That could be enough to draw in viewers.
The other six head coaches include Wade Phillips, Bob Stoops, Reggie Barlow, Anthony Becht, Terell Buckley and Jim Haslett. It's safe to say it's not a group lacking in popularity.
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