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Former WVU WR TJ Simmons Enters XFL Draft

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Former WVU wide receiver TJ Simmons has entered the XFL draft according to a post from his agency Total Sports Enterprises on Instagram.

“Huge congratulations to my guy TJ Simmons, @_lilfufu , on earning his official @xfl Draft Pool invite after his performance at the Texas Showcase!” read the post.

Simmons played in 30 games with WVU from 2018-20. He had 86 career catches in college for 1,197 total yards and nine touchdowns. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of college as an undrafted free agent, but didn’t make their roster.

Simmons then signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in February, but isn’t on the team’s roster anymore.

If Simmons does get drafted into the XFL, he wouldn’t be the only WVU alumnus in the league as former tight end Anthony Becht has signed on to coach the XFL team in St. Louis.

The XFL is set to relaunch in 2023 in eight different cities that were announced alongside the head coaches. It’s a relaunch of the 2020 iteration and shares no history with the original 2001 league.

The XFL was relaunched by former WWE President Vince McMahon and NBC who each owned 50% of the league. However, the WWE’s shares were sold to a group led by former pro wrestler and current blockbuster actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The relaunched season starts on February 18th, 2022, which is a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona on February 12th.

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