DC Defenders wide receiver Eli Rogers had a little extra to play for when he took the field on Saturday.
The wideout's mother passed away earlier this week, and her funeral was on Saturday. Rogers chose to skip the funeral in order to play in the Defenders' clash vs. the New York Guardians.
The ABC broadcast initially broke the news of what Rogers was going through after he made his first catch in the first quarter. After the game, a Defenders victory, Rogers explained why he decided to play rather than attend the funeral.
"I was really just thinking about her and what she would want from me," Rogers said. "We have a certain relationship where she understands I'm not too fond of certain things. I just wrote a letter, I let my family read it at the funeral."
Rogers planned to meet up with the rest of his family following Saturday's game.
"They said it was a great turnout, and I can't wait to go back and speak to them and them tell me all about it," he said.
The 27-year-old finished with five receptions for 49 yards in the Defenders victory.
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One month after filing for bankruptcy, the XFL is reportedly seeking new ownership in an attempt to save the league, according to Axios.
Axios obtained documents that show an investment bank, Houlihan Lokey, managing the process, with letter of intent due by June 12 and formal bids due on July 6.
The XFL claims to have been on pace to generate $46 million in revenue during its inaugural season. According to Axios' report, the league also had an average game attendance of 20,000 and 1.9 million average broadcast viewers for the nationally distributed games.
But the pandemic forced the league to cancel the rest of the season, suspend operations and lay off employees.
It was an abrupt move that left players, coaches and other team and league personnel wondering what's next. Some players parlayed XFL success to opportunities in the NFL, and former D.C. Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton landed on his feet with a professional gig with the Chargers. But that's not the case for the vast majority who were involved.
If investors chose to revive the league, it would be done in the uncertain times currently swirling during the pandemic. Complicating matters is the indefinite timetable of the pandemic's duration.
Dan Primack of Axios spoke to industry investors who are skeptical of somebody stepping forward to buy the entire league. But, those sources also acknowledged that sports can be unpredictable.
"There are lots of people who are very rich but not rich enough to own an NFL team, so maybe someone will see this as the next best thing at a bargain price," one source said.
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Former XFL Defenders coach Pep Hamilton is heading to the Chargers to be the team's new quarterbacks coach though the deal is not yet official, a source with knowledge of the situation told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson.
Hamilton led the Defenders to an exciting start in their inaugural season in Washington before league ceased operations earlier this month due to the effects of the COV-19 virus.
Before his stint at the Defenders, Hamilton worked in various roles around the NFL, most recently as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. Immediately before coming to D.C., he was the passing game coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Michigan.
He started his career at Howard University, where he played quarterback as a student and returned as a quarterbacks coach.
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