The Rock has provided new life to the XFL, but will he be more than just an investor?
As a victim of the pandemic, the XFL was on the verge of bankruptcy after just a year of action. Set to hit auction in mere hours, Dwayne Johnson stepped in and brought the XFL out of the dead, joining forces with Gerry Cardinale of Redbird Capital to purchase the league for $150 million.
Since exiting the wrestling world, Johnson has been a busy man, doing everything from hosting television to selling his own line of apparel and of course, starring in action movies.
Mixed into all of that is Johnson’s love for football. His latest move begs the question: Could The Rock actually play in the XFL?
Would The Rock play in the XFL?
A little history here is important. Johnson did not just play football as a hobby but at the Division I collegiate level. A defensive tackle at the University of Miami, he was part of the 1991 National Championship Team. Injuries derailed his career and he went undrafted in 1995. A trip to the Canadian Football League ended after just two months, leaving Johnson’s football career at odds.
Clearly, things have worked out quite well for The Rock, but would he actually return to the field? One thing is for sure, the XFL would be the perfect place to do it.
The sidelines mics and in-game interviews present an ideal opportunity for the Rock to continue building on his acting skills while playing football again. Regardless, there is still dedication to being a football player and something would have to give for him to stay busy off-the-field and committed on it.
Considering the incredible career Johnson has right now, he would never make that sacrifice. This may all be in jest, but who knows, maybe the love of the game propels The Rock back to the field.