The XFL features a lot of players vying to get back into football, and potentially even crack a roster spot in the NFL. Well, not everyone in the XFL has the same background, as athletes have undergone vastly different journey's to wind up back on the gridiron. Dallas Renegades QB Philip Nelson's path back to professional football may be the most unique of anyone in the league, however. Prior to his XFL stint, Nelson was doing modeling on Instagram, and not just any type of modeling.
Head coach Bob Stoops was very eager to share that not only did Nelson model on the social media platform, but he was actually an underwear model. Stoops is hoping his performance on the gridiron will increase Nelson's social media following.
Stoops didn't have much to say about the injured Landry Jones in the brief interview with Pat McAfee, instead seeming more fixated on Nelson's previous profession.
Nelson drew the start for Sunday's game due to an injury Jones, and he'll have the chance not only to steal the starting role, but the hearts of fans everywhere.
His last appearance in football came in the now-defunct AAF as a member of the San Diego Fleet. He also played in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and played college ball for East Carolina and Minnesota.
A look through his Instagram profile showcases many model-esque photos, but none specifically for an underwear company. Perhaps Stoops knows something we don't.