Former Alabama star and current XFL quarterback A.J. McCarron received a lot of attention on Thursday after another comeback win. Feb 23, 2023; Seattle, WA, USA; St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback AJ McCarron (10) during pregame warmups prior to the game against the Seattle Sea Dragons at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

After a brilliant career at Alabama, quarterback A.J. McCarron never really got on track in the NFL. He hung around for six seasons, but played only sparingly for the Cincinnati Bengals, then-Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans.

In the XFL, though, he’s getting a chance to play. And two games into his career in the reformed league, McCarron is making the most of it.

McCarron led his team, the St. Louis Battlehawks, to a comeback victory in the first game of the season. In the second game against the Seattle Sea Dragons, he did the same thing.

Seattle scored the go-ahead touchdown, but left too much time on the clock for McCarron. The two-time National Champion responded by leading his team down the field and into position for kicker Donny Hageman to try a 44-yard field goal.

The kick was perfect.

McCarron received a lot of praise when the game was over, as did the league as a whole.

The XFL has a bit of a checkered past. The 2001 version of the league was a complete flop. It seemed to be gaining traction during the initial reboot season in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought an end to that.

But if the league can provide entertaining games like this, that feature well-known guys like McCarron and Josh Gordon in prominent spots, it has the chance to stick around.

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