Earlier this week the XFL held the first installment of its draft. Several former college football stars and NFL players were selected to continue their playing careers in the newest football league.
Among the notable players, former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and Alabama running back Trent Richardson all made the jump to the XFL.
But it’s not just current players making the move to the new league.
One retired player decided to lace up his cleats once more. The XFL announced on Wednesday afternoon that former Sooners wide receiver Ryan Broyles is coming out of retirement to join his former coach.
Broyles will play for the Dallas Renegades – coached by Bob Stoops.
Former All-American WR Ryan Broyles retired from professional football to pursue a life educating and assisting others.
— XFL (@xfl2020) October 16, 2019
Broyles played for Stoops for five seasons. After red-shirting during his first year at Oklahoma, Broyles turned into a legitimate star for the Sooners on the field.
In each of his final three seasons, Broyles racked up at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He left Oklahoma with 4,586 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns on 349 receptions.
The Detroit Lions drafted Broyles with the No. 45 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. After three seasons with the team, the Lions released him.
Now, after five years away from the game, he’s making a return. The XFL launches in February.