On a cool morning in Houston, Texas the Houston Roughnecks welcomed fans and media to see what all the hype was about. The Roughnecks were set to battle the Tampa Bay Vipers. Being a University of Houston alumnus it was nice to see my University be the host of a Professional football team.
The Houston Roughnecks are led by legendary Head Coach June Jones. Jones has spent time at all levels of football, most recently in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Both rosters were full of former NFL players looking at getting another shot. Wide Receiver #10 Sammie Coates is a name many should know. Coates was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2015 Draft.
When asked about what it meant to be in the XFL, Coates stated “It’s a blessing and I am happy to be here.”
While in the NFL, Coates has 29 receptions for 528 yards and 2 Touchdowns.
— Houston Roughnecks (@XFLRoughnecks) January 11, 2020
Quarterback’s Connor Cook and PJ Walker also looked great. Walker is a name known by many in Houston. He played in college at Temple and battled the University of Houston numerous times throughout his collegiate career.
On defense, Defensive Back Robert Nelson looks to continue his professional career. He is also happy to be back in Houston.
The Special Teams unit also looks to be on point. The Roughnecks have 2019 CFL All-Star Kicker Sergio Castillo who adds depth and experience. Long Snapper Colton Taylor, a Virginia Tech alum continues to impress with his ability to do more than just snap the ball, and punter Austin Rehkow can boot the ball far and pin the opposing team deep.
This team is full of good players and I can’t wait to see them in action on Saturday, February 8 as they host the LA Wildcats.
They weren’t ready for us 😤 pic.twitter.com/exI75FxSeV
— Houston Roughnecks (@XFLRoughnecks) January 12, 2020