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Jeff Garcia joins USFL board of advisors


Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, who landed a spot on the Texans’ depth chart in 2011 after both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart suffered season-ending injuries, will now be involved with yet another football league.

Garcia has joined the board of advisors for the reconstituted USFL, which is scheduled to launch in March 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff involved and to be able to tap into his knowledge and experience in the professional football world as we look forward to re-launching the USFL in 2013,” USFL President and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Cuadra said in a press release. “Jeff’s extensive background and networks with professional football players will undoubtedly help carry out the USFL’s mission of helping our players live successfully and responsibly as positive citizens on and off the field.”

Garcia has played in the CFL, NFL, and UFL. Though the press release say he’s retired from football, he may be a better option than some of the guys who’ll be playing for the eight USFL teams during the league’s first season back in business.

The USFL originally launched in 1983, first attempting to be an out-of-season competitor for NFL talent and then decided to challenge the NFL head-to-head during traditional football season. The league disappeared in the wake of an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL that resulted in a $1 verdict, which under the antitrust laws was trebled.

Garcia played for the 49ers, Browns, Lions, Eagles, Bucs, and Texans. He also spent part of the 2009 preseason with the Raiders.