Hawkeyes in the XFL

Discussion in 'Football' started by Hillcrest1981, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Hillcrest1981

    Hillcrest1981 Well-Known Member

    I just went through all 8 rosters unfound zero hawkeyes in the XFL. You would think we would have a handful of ex Iowa players but no, none. Jonathon Hayes though is one of the 8 head coaches....
     
  2. trj

    trj Well-Known Member


    Isn’t James Butler on a squad? I was listening to a local radio show they said Butler and 2 other guys......can’t remember who those other two were.
     
  3. 1hawkeye1

    1hawkeye1 Well-Known Member

    My Google machine says he is a member of the Houston Roughnecks.
     
  4. Hillcrest1981

    Hillcrest1981 Well-Known Member

    They have James Butler labeled as Nevada/Iowa, threw me off. I hope there are more. I might even watch if there is an Iowa player on the field...
     
  5. ibahawkeye

    ibahawkeye Well-Known Member

    I looked at rosters as well... Butler was only one I saw. There were a couple cyclones.
     
  6. Zstatman

    Zstatman Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised Akrum Wadley didn't make a roster.
     
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  7. BVHawk95

    BVHawk95 Well-Known Member

    He signed and got cut
     
  8. Hillcrest1981

    Hillcrest1981 Well-Known Member

    Butler had a TD this weekend for the Houston Roughnecks....
     
  9. peerok

    peerok Well-Known Member

    Just caught the end of St. Louis win over Dallas. Jonathan Hayes coaching St. Louis with Chuck Long offensive coordinator. Bob Stoops coaching Dallas.
     
  10. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    He could be a millionaire right now if he had swallowed his pride and went north of the border.
     
  11. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

     
  12. Hawkfnntn

    Hawkfnntn Well-Known Member

    Yeah what's his deal? He hurt? Out of shape? The Wadley that I saw juking out Michigan and PSU sure shouldn't be unemployed in regards to football. Heck with all the RBs on rosters in the NFL I'm surprised he hadn't stuck there. Let alone in XFL or Canada. Surely he'd be able to play at those levels so I assume he's nicked up or something.

    If he turned down a Canadian gig because he just didn't want to go up there then that's quite the position to be taking...
     
  13. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    My personal feeling is he's to small to play in the NFL, but there isn't a more prototypical CFL player than Akrum Wadley. They only have three downs instead of four, a way wider field, 12 players, and everyone in the backfield can be in motion. Fast slot receivers are probably the most valuable person on the team other than the quarterback, and he would have absolutely torn that league apart.

    I know he had dreams of making the big time with American football, but Tevaun Smith signed a $1.2M contract last year and he'll sign another one after that. It's too bad that you can't have a 35 year old brain in a 22 year old body.

    I have no idea if he ever turned anything down, but if he can get workouts for the NFL and XFL, he could have gotten one up north.
     
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  14. SteveGarvey1

    SteveGarvey1 Well-Known Member

    Jonathan and Chuck could have dedicated the win to Hayden. But I guess it's just the XFL.
     
  15. Hawkfnntn

    Hawkfnntn Well-Known Member

    Yeah if he's still hovering around 180ish that's tough for being in the NFL. He was never going to be a bell cow. There's plenty of guys playing 15-20 snaps a game tops with 5-10 touches a game. He could play special teams I don't think he'd have been above doing that either.

    Yeah Canada would have been right up his alley for style of play. That 1.2/yr seems high as hell for Smith to me are you sure? I thought Drew Tate wasn't making squat up there as an off and on starter. That's been a few yrs ago I'd seen that too maybe they've increased salaries too. Which is great for Smith. I thought he should be in NFL too... We under used him and I know he's good enough.
     
  16. BVHawk95

    BVHawk95 Well-Known Member

    Too small and not measurably fast enough to compensate.

    In pro football, small = injury-prone. It's no coincidence that prior to being cut from each team he's signed with, Akrum got injured.
     
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  17. ssckelley

    ssckelley Well-Known Member

    I was surprised to learn that the Hawkeyes have more former players that are coaching (Hayes/Long & Stoops) than actually playing in the XFL (Butler). Heck I know the Clowns have at least 2 on XFL rosters and I think UNI has at least 1.
     
  18. Northside Hawk

    Northside Hawk Well-Known Member

    Evidently Hayden liked to recruit players with coaching aspirations as well as assistant coaches.
     
  19. Northside Hawk

    Northside Hawk Well-Known Member

    Hayes had a solid 1984 season and, like every pass catcher on the roster, had a huge Freedom Bowl. He could have returned for one last season and been part of the 1985 team that would eventually make the Rose Bowl. But he had a diabetic condition and didn't want to take any more free hits. He got some time with the Steelers and Chiefs if I'm not mistaken.
     
  20. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    This thing probably won’t be operating after five or six weeks, and definitely boarded up after the season.

    Like literally every other non-arena league that’s tried to operate parallel to college and NFL football, it’s going to be bleeding cash by week three and McMahon isn’t going to light his money on fire for very long.

    Much ado about nothing.
     
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