BengalErnst wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:53 am
I believe he is the current starting QB for the Nebraska Danger in the IFL
He is. I understand where Tommy Armstrong is coming from. He's been a QB his whole life. He wants to continue to be one. Armstrong was named the Indoor Football League Offensive Rookie of the Year for 2019. Indoor football may best suit his talents.
I still would have accepted the invite. When you are an aspiring pro football player. Your window and options are very limited. Tommy Armstrong was allocated to The Salt Lake Stallions in the AAF, but he wasn't selected in their protect or pick draft and was subsequently released. There's always the CFL option down the road, playing overseas, and perhaps if another pro league like the Freedom Football League gets up and running. He can pursue that route.
When a league like the XFL is out there with strong financial backing and partners. It presents an opportunity that is very rare. You have nothing to lose by working out. The league has plenty of film on Armstrong as a QB, because of his athleticism, they probably want to see him work out at another position. You got nothing to lose really. There are a lot of quarterbacks like Armstrong, that made long pro careers by being versatile. Look at Ray Lucas, Brad Smith and Antwan Randle El. All had long productive careers, because they carved out positions as good role players.
Even if my desire is still to play quarterback after working out for the XFL. I would still meet with the coaches and the league. What's the worst that can happen? (barring injury of course). You kill the workout at safety and the league offers you a contract. Then you can decide whether or not, you want to accept it. These doors are almost always closed and in the rare instances, that they are open. You might as well walk inside before the door closes permanently on you forever. That's just my take on it.