The Rock Says He Bought XFL to Help Players Live Dreams, Take Care of Families

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, file photo, Dwayne Johnson speaks during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. Johnson says he and his family tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson announced their diagnosis in an 11-plus minute video on Instagram on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he’s effectively looking to create more P.J. Walkers by investing in the XFL.

Walker was one of the top stars during the XFL’s recent relaunch, throwing for 1,338 yards and 15 touchdowns in five games with the Houston Roughnecks. He parlayed that success into a roster spot on the Carolina Panthers. 

Johnson explained that Walker’s story “is the fundamental core reason I wanted to acquire the XFL:

Dwayne Johnson @TheRock

This is the fundamental core reason I wanted to acquire the XFL.
Create the opportunity for players to live their dreams and take care of their families.
@DanyGarciaCo, myself and our exec team are hungry to build this league out for the players and fans.
#XFL
#opportunity 🏈 https://t.co/z32GPT6F6x

Johnson and business partner Dany Garcia are part of the group that spent around $15 million to buy the XFL after the league filed for bankruptcy. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert reported in August that Garcia is hopeful to get things back underway next season.

Many have tried and failed in their pursuit of a professional football league to either complement or compete with the NFL.

Walker is proof positive the XFL can be a stepping stone to bigger things.