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We’re now halfway through the 2020 XFL regular season, which means the playoff picture will be taking shape before you know it. And Week 6’s matchups could go a long way toward giving us some clarity in both divisions.

In the East, the DC Defenders, New York Guardians and St. Louis BattleHawks are in a three-way tie for first place at 3-2, and New York will arguably face the tallest task of them all by opening the weekend slate with a game against the Houston Roughnecks, the XFL’s lone undefeated contender at 5-0. Over in the West, meanwhile, the Los Angeles Wildcats will partake in a Sunday night showdown for the second straight week as they attempt to string together victories by traveling to Seattle.


Top predictions from expert on 16-4 run

The undefeated Houston Roughnecks are the league’s highest-scoring team and boast the best touchdown differential at plus-seven. Houston (5-0) will attempt to keep rolling up the points when it begins Week 6 of the 2020 XFL schedule by visiting the New York Guardians (3-2) on Saturday. The Roughnecks are 6.5-point favorites in the latest XFL odds.

The Seattle Dragons (1-4) hope to end their three-game losing streak as 2.5-point underdogs in the current XFL spreads when they take on the visiting Los Angeles Wildcats (2-3) in Sunday’s nightcap. Is there value on the Wildcats as they come off a 41-point performance in last week’s victory over Tampa Bay? All of the Week 6 XFL lines are listed below, and SportsLine’s pro football expert R.J. White, who is an amazing 16-4 in against-the-spread picks this season, has all the XFL betting advice and predictions you need to make the best Week 6 XFL picks now.

Winning XFL picks from a proven expert
Not only is White on fire, he’s often cashing with ease. He has nailed nine against the spread picks by double-digits, including last week when he backed the Guardians (+8) over the Renegades. The result: New York held Dallas’ Air Raid offense to a pair of field goals and won outright, 30-12.

Twice recently, White cashed big in the world’s most prestigious handicapping tournament, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest. He tied for 18th out of 2,748 contestants in 2017 with a 52-29-4 mark against the spread. It wasn’t a fluke, either, as he also cashed big-time in the 2015 SuperContest.

White consistently crushes the NFL for SportsLine members. He has returned over $2,300 to $100 players on against-the-spread picks over the last three years. He also has his finger on the pulse of the XFL, going 16-4, and anyone who has followed him is way up. Now, White has examined the latest Week 6 XFL odds and lines and his predictions are in.

Top Week 6 XFL predictions
One of White’s strongest XFL picks for Week 6 is New York (+6.5) covering at MetLife Stadium against Houston.

The Guardians appeared to be spiraling out of control after their season-opening victory, as they scored a total of nine points in back-to-back defeats and lost starting quarterback Matt McGloin to a thorax injury. But third-stringer Luis Perez, who admittedly learned how to play the position by watching instructional videos on YouTube, has started in McGloin’s absence and led New York to consecutive wins. Perez has thrown for 379 yards with two touchdowns since taking the reins.

“The Guardians’ offense really started to come alive last week, posting its best yards-per-completion and yards-per-attempt numbers of the season while also recording a season high in rushing yards,” White told SportsLine. “Their defense also has played well the last two weeks, particularly on third down, where it has allowed just six conversions on 27 attempts.”

How to make Week 6 XFL picks
White also has made the call against the spread and on the over-under for every other game on the Week 6 XFL schedule. He’s also identified a key x-factor that has him going big on one team, so you need to see his XFL picks before locking in any of your own. Get every pick for every game here.

Who should you back against the spread and on the total in every Week 6 XFL game? And which team is a must-back? Check out the latest XFL odds below, then visit SportsLine to see their Week 6 XFL cheat sheet, all from the pro football expert who is 16-4 against the spread in the 2020 XFL season.

Week 6 XFL odds
Houston Roughnecks at New York Guardians (+6.5, 47.5)
St. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay Vipers (+2.5, 42)
Dallas Renegades at DC Defenders (-4, 35.5)
Los Angeles Wildcats at Seattle Dragons (+2.5, 44.5)


Vipers stun BattleHawks, Defenders win second straight

We’re halfway through the 2020 XFL regular season, and that means it’s officially crunch time for the entire league. The Houston Roughnecks are the clearest contender thus far, having exploded out to a 5-0 start, but the rest of the playoff picture will also be taking shape before you know it, so each and every matchup carries plenty of weight.

That being said, it’s pretty hard to predict what any team will do on any given week — unless that team is the Roughnecks.

But you know what? We’re going to make some predictions anyway. We’re back with yet another weekly rundown, complete with odds and picks against the William Hill Sportsbook spreads for all four of this weekend’s contests:


Season (straight up): 12-8
Season (against the spread): 10-10

Houston Roughnecks at New York Guardians
Saturday, 2 p.m. ET (ABC)
Point spread: Roughnecks -6.5

This might be closer than people think, a.) because the Roughnecks have quietly been on a streak of one-score wins and b.) the Guardians have an underrated pass rush as well as an inspired, if imperfect, passing attack now that Luis Perez is entrenched at quarterback. But New York isn’t immune to giving up chunks of yardage; in fact, they’re ranked second to last in passing yards allowed per game. That spells trouble for the home team considering P.J. Walker and June Jones are on the opposing sideline.

Prediction: Roughnecks 29, Guardians 20

St. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay Vipers
Saturday, 5 p.m. ET (FS2, fuboTV)
Point spread: BattleHawks -3

The BattleHawks ran into their first real sign of trouble while visiting the Defenders in Week 5, and while this might seem like a prime spot for them to rebound, I wouldn’t be so sure. St. Louis’ three worst performances of the year have come on the road, this’ll obviously be their second straight away game, and at least statistically, the Vipers actually present a bad matchup for them. Tampa is surprisingly stout against the run, allowing an XFL-best 75 yards per game, and has the most tackles for loss in the XFL, whereas the BattleHawks live and die on the ground, where their trenches fell apart in D.C. Jordan Ta’amu is the much better QB here, but let’s not pretend the Vipers haven’t been lighting up the scoreboard for the last three weeks, either. Give me the home underdogs.

Prediction: Vipers 25, BattleHawks 23

Dallas Renegades at DC Defenders
Sunday, 4 p.m. ET (FS1, fuboTV)
Point spread: Defenders -4

This is the easiest matchup to pick, by far. DC might’ve hid some serious flaws by watching its defensive line dominate in Week 5 (and, yes, Cardale Jones still forcing throws halfway into the season is a serious flaw). But the truth is the Defenders are night-and-day a different team at home, and they couldn’t have asked for a better opponent to help fuel their return to defensive dominance. The Renegades are listless right now, both at the most important position of QB and throughout their lineup.

Prediction: Defenders 33, Renegades 17

Los Angeles Wildcats at Seattle Dragons
Sunday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Point spread: Wildcats -2.5

The way the Vipers moved up and down the field in Los Angeles for parts of Week 5, it’ll be a wonder if B.J. Daniels doesn’t set a season high in rushing yards while scrambling past the Wildcats in Seattle. L.A. has also been one of the most fickle teams in the league, not only from week to week but quarter to quarter. Still, Josh Johnson is having himself an MVP-caliber stretch, and those wideouts of his shouldn’t have too much trouble breaking a big touchdown or two at CenturyLink.

Prediction: Wildcats 32, Dragons 22


Optimal DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy football picks, advice, lineups, strategy

The re-booted XFL has provided quality football for five weeks, and many teams are still jockeying for position in the XFL standings heading into Week 6. There is only one undefeated team, the 5-0 Houston Roughnecks, but they are still being chased closely by the Dallas Renegades and Los Angeles Wildcats in the XFL West. Should you go all-in on Houston with your Week 6 XFL DFS picks?

The XFL East is even more wide open, as three 3-2 teams are tied for the division lead. With plenty of parity, evaluating the Week 6 XFL DFS player pool could be a challenge. Before you make your Week 6 XFL DFS picks, be sure to check out the optimal XFL DFS strategy from SportsLine’s Mike McClure. He’s won almost $2 million in his career as a daily Fantasy pro, and his top daily Fantasy football picks and XFL DFS advice can help you get an edge over the competition in Week 6.

McClure has a proven track record of daily Fantasy football success. He crushed the 2018 NFL season, cashing in the top 5 percent of tournaments on FanDuel and DraftKings multiple times. His optimal lineups cashed as high as the top 0.1 percent on FanDuel and as high as the top 1 percent on DraftKings.

He rolled through the 2019 NFL season as well. Some of his highlights included his Week 5 optimal lineups finishing in the top 1 percent of tournament on DraftKings. In Week 9, his optimal lineups cashed for over 5x on FanDuel and DraftKings. His Week 13 main slate lineups returned at least 10x on DraftKings and produced returns as high as 40x in higher-stakes tournaments. He then continued his roll in the postseason, cashing on every single lineup he posted for the divisional round.

Then in Week 1 of the XFL, his Saturday FanDuel lineup, which was built around Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker (272 yards, 4 TDs), returned over 5x. Anybody who has followed him as seen huge returns.

Now, he has turned his attention to the Week 6 XFL DFS player pool and locked in his top daily Fantasy football picks. You can only see them here.

Top XFL DFS picks for Week 6
One of McClure’s top XFL DFS picks for Week 6 is Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson. The former University of San Diego standout is having a stellar XFL DFS season so far, throwing for 1,076 yards and 11 touchdowns with just two interceptions for a league-best 106.3 passer rating. Johnson has led the Wildcats to the second-most touchdowns in the XFL at 18 and leads Los Angeles against the 1-4 Seattle Dragons on Sunday night.

Johnson had a remarkable pro football history before landing with the Wildcats and the XFL. He ran a QB-best 4.53-second 40 at the 2008 NFL Combine and was drafted in the fifth round by the Buccaneers. He played for Tampa Bay for three seasons, then spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the 49ers, Browns, Bengals, Jets, Colts, Bills, Ravens, Giants, Texans, Raiders, Redskins, and Lions. It took Johnson 11 seasons to earn his first NFL victory, which came in 2018 when he started over Mark Sanchez in Washington.

Part of McClure’s optimal XFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Vipers running back De’Veon Smith. The former Michigan standout led the Wolverines in rushing in 2014 and 2015. Picked up by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent, he made the active roster late in the 2017 season and caught three passes for 27 yards.

Smith played for the Orlando Apollos in the ill-fated Alliance of American Football in 2019 before the league ceased operations. Drafted drafted in the third round of the 2020 XFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Vipers, Smith leads the XFL in rushing with 365 yards on 90 carries. Although he has yet to find the end zone, Smith has also caught seven passes for 62 yards.

How to set your Week 6 XFL DFS lineups
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers in Week 6 because of a dream matchup. The stars are aligning for him to go for 30, even 40 points on FanDuel and DraftKings. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments or going home with nothing.


Coronavirus forces start-up league to suspend play, but players can sign with NFL teams before FA

The XFL has suspended play immediately — effectively ending the 2020 season. The news comes towards the end of a hectic day — and not just for sports, but for the entire globe. According to a statement from the league, all players will be paid their base pay and benefits through the regular season. Meanwhile, all XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit towards future games. The league does plan to come back to play a full season in 2021 and beyond.

XFL statement

— XFL (@xfl2020) March 12, 2020
The league has also informed its players they can sign with NFL teams (or any other league) once their exit physicals are complete, which are scheduled for Friday (per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network). That will give players like Houston Roughnecks wide receiver Cam Phillips and quarterback P.J. Walker a chance to sign with a NFL team before free agency begins. NFL free agency is scheduled to begin on March 18 with the legal tampering period set to start Monday.

Walker led the XFL in passing yards (1,338) and touchdowns (15) while Phillips had 31 catches for 455 yards and nine touchdowns in five games (all led the league). Another player that could find a NFL home is Los Angeles Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson, who has completed 55.2 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 33 career NFL games for 13 teams. Johnson led the XFL in passer rating (106.3) and threw for 1,076 yards and 11 touchdowns.

A memo sent to players Thursday evening said that “all players who who receive a written request to negotiate, and/or sign, a contract with any professional team will be released from their contracts upon executing an XFL notice of termination.”

Here’s the XFL’s memo to its players:

— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 12, 2020
There had been radio silence from the XFL all day Thursday amid sweeping cancellations and postponements in the sports world. The NCAA canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Meanwhile, the NHL has suspended its season and the MLB has halted spring training. The NBA suspended its regular season indefinitely on Wednesday evening.

Even before Thursday’s announcement, at least one XFL team was expected to adjust to mounting concerns over COVID-19. The Seattle Dragons were originally scheduled to host the Los Angeles Wildcats on Sunday, March 15, without fans in attendance. Washington Governor Jay Inslee called for a ban this week of gatherings of more than 250 people. Washington state had the first known U.S. coronavirus case and has since had the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country.

As of Thursday afternoon, multiple sources told CBS Sports that they were continuing with their day, business as usual. With the latest announcement, however, those efforts have wisely halted for the time being.


Why start-up league should feel confident about returning in 2021 despite coronavirus shutdown

Not even larger-than-life Vincent Kennedy McMahon could do anything about the spread of the coronavirus. Following massive cancellations and postponements across the sports world on Thursday due to COVID-19 fears, the XFL followed suit and canceled the remainder of its 2020 season.

Unlike other sports — NCAA college basketball, for example, canceled all of its tournaments in a matter of hours early Thursday afternoon — the XFL took its time, finally releasing a statement a little after 7 p.m. ET. The day-long radio silence was frustrating, but it made sense. This is a start-up league we’re talking about here and there is one major consideration many other sports didn’t have: if the XFL ended its season early, would it be able to come back for a second one?

The league says it is committed to playing a full season in 2021. If nothing else, Renegades coach Bob Stoops plans to be back.

I just met with @XFLRenegades coach Bob Stoops. He said today felt like the end of a season and not a goodbye. I also asked him if he plans to be back in 2021. “That’s what I anticipate. That’s what I’m intending to do, but you don’t know where you’ll be at this time next year.”

— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) March 13, 2020
While there are no guarantees that “there’s always next year,” surely the league would not have said as much if it didn’t feel confident in the longterm relationship with its partners — in broadcasting and beyond. That includes betting. Remember after Week 1, when bookmakers boasted massive betting handles roughly 20 times greater than the AAF’s opening weekend in 2019?

Attendance was up, as well. AAF games averaged about 15,000 fans per home game. Through the first four weeks, XFL home teams were averaging about 18,600. That’s not a massive difference, and keep in mind the AAF lasted three more weeks before folding. Still, even though the XFL was not banking on attendance to stay afloat financially, it was outpacing its spring football counterpart.

Above all, the XFL was drama-free. It was enjoyable and, by and large, well-run. The in-game access separated it from a lot of other sports. The entertainment value was always there, even if there were stretches when the football itself hadn’t quite caught up. The biggest controversy was an officiating gaffe at the end of the Week 5 game between Houston and Seattle, and even that was solved efficiently and transparently.

Conversely, the AAF was dealing with some issue — mostly about money and control — practically every week. Hardly anything was ever business as usual. And therein lies the biggest reason why the XFL has more than a puncher’s chance to come back in 2021: the AAF folded because control owner Tom Dundon didn’t share the same vision as CEO Charlie Ebersol; the XFL season ended because of an act of God. Nobody — not the NBA, not the PGA, not even late-night talk shows — have been immune to that.

None of this has been fair and at first this feels like a spring football league just isn’t meant to be, but there are obviously bigger concerns at hand. The XFL did the right thing by canceling the season, giving fans a refund, paying out its players and allowing them to be picked up by the NFL in free agency. One XFL front office source also told CBS Sports that since they are salaried, many people behind the scenes still have jobs. But that was McMahon’s M.O. when his league failed the first time around. One former AAF and coach told CBS Sports last year that McMahon paid out every coach for the remainder of their contract when the first edition of the XFL fell through.

That’s not to say there won’t be hard-working people affected by the XFL’s cancellation. Stadium workers all across the country are out of luck. That’s true across a lot of sports. There’s a wider economic problem this country will be facing in the coming months as a result of the coronavirus. Retail, service and public events industries could take massive hits. And with school cancellations across the country, healthcare workers, teachers and students are being hurt. But what matters most during this pandemic is the health and safety of everyone. The XFL may have come to that official conclusion later than others, but it came to it all the same.

The foreseeable future will be tough on a lot of people. Sports are often used as a form of escapism during hard times and now those have been taken away, too. Social distancing will be difficult for long stretches of time. But this is a serious matter — it’s not “just the flu.” And the massive number of event/sports cancellations shows that people get this. If people are smart and take the proper precautions, though, we can get through it together. It will be a great day when life as we know it returns to a semblance of normalcy.

When that day comes, I remain confident the XFL will be there.


League balances mixed emotions after sudden halt to 2020 season

It was Thursday, March 12, around 5:30 p.m. ET, when XFL players started calling their agents to pass along the news.

Their league had been canceled.

About two hours later, when the startup professional football venture made the official announcement, the terms were less harsh: “Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular season games” — with a promise to play “a full season in 2021” and beyond.

That may very well be true. There is general optimism among the XFL and its players that things will, eventually, return to normal. Pretty much the entire professional sports landscape has been forced to adopt the same hope, all while shuttering — literally — almost every major league in the wake of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March Madness? Gone, at least until next year. NBA games? Postponed indefinitely. MLB Opening Day? Pushed back until mid-April, at the earliest. NHL games? Suspended indefinitely. The Masters? Pushed out of April for the first time since World War II. The 2020 Summer Olympics might be next.

The difference is the XFL was just getting started. Five weeks earlier, most people couldn’t have named half, let alone all eight of the league’s inaugural teams. On the flip side, in just those five weeks, the XFL had also grown to resemble the kind of genuine career stepping stool that so many of its players, coaches and staff failed to find elsewhere.

Put simply, when the XFL closed doors on March 12, it may not have closed only its own.

Any discussion of COVID-19’s impact on the world at large has to start there: with the world at large. Regardless of personal opinion about advice for the general public (embrace “social distancing”) or large-scale industries (from airlines to colleges to concerts to movies) suddenly valuing caution over convenience, the fact is the virus has spread rapidly, with more than 150,000 global cases and 5,700 deaths as of mid-Saturday.

In other words, no matter how unfortunate the XFL’s shutdown may have been for fans, players and everyone in between, most understand that it was inevitable.

Some of the league’s biggest names — quarterbacks P.J. Walker and Jordan Ta’amu among them — took to social media after the official announcement to share their gratitude for the abbreviated 2020 season and cast optimism on the future. Plenty of lesser-known teammates did the same. As a whole, one source told CBS Sports players think the XFL has been “extremely professional about communicating” during the abrupt process, especially about paying out salaries for games no longer on the schedule.

But that doesn’t make what’s transpired any less unfortunate.

Los Angeles Wildcats pass rusher Devin Taylor told CBS Sports that he understands the decision “from a world and health side,” knowing “the risks that we are currently facing” and the fact “we don’t know the true severity of it.” But he also acknowledged “it’s somewhat, from an athlete standpoint, frustrating because you want to play.”

In truth, for many like Taylor, “playing” in the XFL isn’t just that. The league successfully adopted a “For the Love of Football” slogan during its 2020 season, suggesting it would thrive as an alternative to the NFL, complete with genuinely competitive rosters, because its players — many of them NFL castoffs or hopefuls — simply loved playing the game. And don’t get it twisted: Many of them do.

As Taylor explained, however, playing in the XFL was also about building — or re-building — bigger dreams.

“I would love to play another year in the NFL,” he told CBS Sports a few weeks earlier, when COVID-19 was but a blip on countless Americans’ radar. “It’s what I want, as well as what all the players on my team want. The XFL is a good starting block, but I’m not settling till I’m back on the big stage.”

Taylor, of course, already had a taste of the NFL before. He’s not lacking a resume. He started opposite Jadeveon Clowney at South Carolina. He spent four years with the Detroit Lions after coming into the league as a fourth-round draft pick, logging seven sacks in 2015. He had a cup of coffee with the New York Giants.

But take P.J. Walker as another example. The Temple product, an undersized quarterback who went undrafted and then spent three years on and off a team’s practice squad, just turned 25. He’s never taken a single NFL snap. Within weeks of becoming the XFL’s apparent MVP favorite as a human highlight reel with the undefeated Houston Roughnecks, he too was touting his XFL pedigree as a hopeful ticket to the big leagues, telling ESPN his goal was to return, permanently, to the NFL.

And the XFL, unlike so many startup leagues before it, was actually working. It was, at least to those on the inside, structured solidly enough to survive.

Vince Amey, Taylor’s defensive line coach with the Wildcats, has experience at pretty much every level and league of football. He played in the NFL in 1998, the NFL Europe in 1999, the Arena Football League from 2001-07, even the original and first iteration of the XFL back in 2001. He’s since coached in college, at Arizona, and in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

In the XFL, Amey explained weeks before the suspension of the season, “everybody’s doing double duty, sometimes triple duty” because of the startup nature of the operation. (“In the NFL,” he added, “they have the financial backing to get more things done quicker.”) And yet everything about this league’s structure, from the creative broadcast decisions (live mics on countless coaches, players and officials) to the actual broadcast partners (“being on ESPN and Fox and national TV week in and week out”) contributed to a pervading belief that this XFL was more than capable of bringing the dreams of Devin Taylors and P.J. Walkers to life.

“I’ve had a few good buddies in college football, pro football, and they’ve had nothing but good things to say,” Amey said. “People are surprised. It’s a different feel, a different vibe here. There’e excitement in the air. The whole setup and the format has been well done. Are there little kinks to work out? Of course. But after every game, my phone’s blowing up.”

Now? All of those dreams — all of that excitement — has been put on hold.

Are we to pity pro athletes, coaches and league executives over those affected by the virus that’s basically put all of sports on pause? Are we to pity them over those who no doubt will be affected by COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months? No. A good portion of these XFL players have already gotten a taste of the pro spotlight. A handful of them have already made decent money doing so.

But just as many of them are like Walker or Ta’amu or Cam Phillips, the superstar Roughnecks wide receiver who spent 2019 out of football, or Kenny Robinson, the St. Louis BattleHawks safety who opted to overlook additional college eligibility to provide for his mother, who’d been diagnosed with cancer. All of these young men seemed to stumble upon the perfect home for a blossoming life and career, only to see it thrown in jeopardy. And that’s not accounting for the guys whose names you didn’t learn during the five-week 2020 season — the ones who may not get the same shot in 2021 even if the XFL returns.

In the grand scheme of things, sports are trivial. Football is trivial. But just like any other profession, there are livelihoods at stake.

There’s also a reason we come back to sports and, specifically, the gridiron every fall — or, in the case of the XFL, every spring. There’s an inherent sense of community there.

When the XFL kicked off less than a week after the Super Bowl this February, it may have been odd to see former Ohio State star Cardale Jones decked out in red, repping the nation’s capital with the DC Defenders. It may have been hard to root for any specific team knowing the majority of each club’s roster was full of players far less proven or talented than your average NFL Joe.

But a community still formed. Fans poured into NFL venues to watch XFL matchups. Walker’s highlights went viral. So, too, did stuff like New York Guardians QB Matt McGloin throwing his entire coaching staff under the bus.

For five weeks, the XFL lived and breathed. At worst, it offered an escape from the kind of big-picture issues that now dominate our headlines. At best, it served not only as “more football,” but a launching pad for the game’s next generation.

Its sudden disappearance, if not comparatively heartbreaking, at least reinforces the surrealism of a totally interrupted society.

There are, of course, also some silver linings.

Most notably, the abrupt end to the XFL’s season has reportedly triggered an early release of players to contracts with other leagues. In other words, someone like Walker or Taylor or Phillips could conceivably sign with an NFL team earlier than expected, and with 2020 free agency right around the corner, there might never be a better time for XFL standouts to get the promotion they’ve been seeking.

Perhaps even more importantly, everyone is now free to go home. Players. Coaches. Scouts. Fans. With everything on hiatus, there’s little else to do but that. On Friday, in fact, a day after the XFL’s big announcement, one team staffer told CBS Sports that one of the largest sentiments, after the initial disappointment of the news, was everyone being “ready to see loved ones.”

Maybe, at this time, that’s what we need most anyway.


XFL linebacker Brian Peters says he’s giving half his pay to coronavirus-related charities

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the XFL to cut its 2020 debut season short, but the upstart football league committed to giving players their base pay and benefits regardless. Houston Roughnecks linebacker Brian Peters is repaying the gesture by contributing half that money to charitable causes.

Truly a blessing for the XFL @xfl2020 & @XFLRoughnecks to honor our contracts. In an effort to give back I’ll be donating 1/2 my pay each week to support front line medical staff, food banks, & Coronavirus services #GiveBack #HelpAndSupportAreNotYoursToKeep #PeopleHelpingPeople

— Brian Peters (@brian_peters10) March 29, 2020
The first of Peters’ donations went to Frontline Responders Fund, which aims to provide supplies such as masks to medical professionals around the world. As of publication, more than 14,000 donors have contributed over $4,000,000 overall to the cause.

Peters starred at Northwestern University from 2008-11, where he earned All-Big Ten second-team honors as a junior and first-team honors as a senior. Despite his collegiate accolades, Peters went undrafted in 2012, then played one season in the Arena Football League and three in the Canadian Football League.

The Minnesota Vikings signed Peters in 2015, but the Houston Texans plucked him off their practice squad that September. Peters developed into a valuable special teamer for the Texans, recording 54 tackles over 51 games from 2015-18. In 2018, though, Houston cut Peters after he sustained a season-ending injury.

Peters’ professional career continued in Houston with the Roughnecks this season, and his team rolled to a 5-0 start before play was canceled. They had only five games regular-season games remaining until the playoffs.

The Northwestern alum’s football career is on hold, but his charitable contributions remain flowing. Peters’ Twitter bio reads “help and support are not yours to keep” and he’s living by that motto.