Cowboys legend Daryl “Moose” Johnston to join Dallas XFL franchise as director of player personnel
Dallas Cowboys legend Daryl “Moose” Johnston will join the city’s XFL team as its director of player personnel.
Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith confirmed Johnston’s hiring on May 15.
A beloved former Cowboy will take a job with the Dallas XFL team.
Daryl ‘Moose’ Johnston, the former Cowboys fullback and current FOX commentator, will join the XFL as the director of player personnel in Dallas. Johnston will work alongside Bob Stoops, who will be the head coach in Dallas.
— CBS Local Sports (@CBSLocalSports) May 15, 2019
Johnston was the general manager of the Alliance of American Football’s (AAF) San Antonio Commanders earlier this year.
The AAF kicked off on February 9. However, controlling owner Thomas Dundon suspended operations less than two months later. The league eventually filed for bankruptcy on April 17.
Johnston told ESPN San Antonio (via Pro Football Talk) the AAF “misled” him and other employees about the league’s long-term vision.
Johnston learned about the league’s suspension via a conference call with AAF co-founder Bill Polian. Polian told Johnston to “shut practice down” because the league couldn’t even afford to cover a player’s medical expenses in case he gets hurt, per ESPN San Antonio.
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In contrast, Smith says the XFL owner Vince McMahon “has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of WWE stock to finance the league.” This means the XFL should make it past its first season.
McMahon even said he’s willing to lose money in the first three years to establish the XFL’s long-term future, per Smith.
For his part, Johnston was in a bad situation in San Antonio. Now, he returns to the city where he made a name for himself in the National Football League. Expect him to excel in his new role as the Dallas XFL team’s director of player personnel.