Jeff Garcia Joins Movement to Re-Launch USFL

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIMay 25, 2012

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 03: Quarterback  Jeff Garcia #7 of the Oakland Raiders calls a play during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 3, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Many football fans may not have been old enough to enjoy the original United States Football League, (myself included) but now with Jeff Garcia as a member of the board of advisers, all indications are that the league will be re-launched next spring.

Unlike its original incarnation, the USFL will not compete with the NFL directly; it will actually operate as a developmental league similar to the NHL's partnership with the AHL or the NBA's D-League.

Garcia recently talked with WDAE down in Tampa, Florida, about joining the USFL advisers and how the league will operate, stating:

It’ll give some of these kids an opportunity that are coming out. … The USFL can bring back that name recognition, bring back a plan where they’re playing in the spring time, get a TV contract of some sort, get some marketing support, some sponsorship support.

Regarding the hiring of Garcia, USFL president and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Cuadra had his to say in a press release obtained by Pro Football Talk:

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.

The former San Francisco 49er also commented during the WDAE interview on the fact that the league will not follow in the footsteps of the UFL and lock its players into contracts.

Garcia was very adamant during the interview that the league will operate as an ally to the NFL, and for that reason will not force players that sign with the revived USFL to stay with one of the eight start-up teams if an NFL team comes calling for their services.