“Higher Levels of Success”: Fans React to XFL Player Getting Emotional Talking About the Opportunity That Dwayne Johnson Gave Him

Published 02/22/2023, 10:15 AM EST

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One of the biggest Dwayne Johnson projects to drop this year was his revival of the XFL. An American football league that had failed to run a successful season under the guidance of his former boss, Vince McMahon. But now the XFL is here and by the looks of it, Johnson just might have found a way to make it stay and turn it into a successful venture.

With this, The Rock had aspirations of his own to become a football player, but couldn’t realize it. But this time, Johnson the dreams of others come true. There are many players, crew, and fans connected to the XFL, and this project is as much about them as The Rock.


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Among those players who are overwhelmed to have this opportunity is AJ McCarron. McCarron got emotional when talking about the opportunity that Johnson has given players like him. Being such a competitive league, the NFL can’t take in everyone, but these players who get left out now have a home in the XFL.

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A post-match video shows McCarron getting visibly emotional when the interviewer asked him about the feeling of playing football in front of his sons. Posting the same video on his Instagram, The Brahma Bull wrote, “This is what the XFL is all about ❤️. It always cuts deeper and means more when we can identify our “why” we do what we do. Incredible come-from-behind win from the @xflbattlehawks, led by this QB champion @ajmccarron. Beautiful moment brother. Hug ‘em tight – they’re our why.


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Fans online reacted to this post and showed their love for this heartwarming moment. Here are the top reactions.


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theaudioparrot commented, “I used to call this dude AJ “The Rock” McCarron for years because I thought it was funny. Now everything has come full circle.

lesliedrzymalla commented, “My boys are so excited to go to a game in SA! Thank you for XFL. My boys will watch and gain momentum from this league!

hehate88 commented, “Immediate impact on lives! 👏🏽👏🏽🥹

eline_waifu1 commented, Very pretty🔥

The reporter seen in the video, ericmaclain, also commented, “Honored to be a part of this moment. 💪


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Another sports athlete with kids, nick_senzel, commented, “Beautiful moment ❤️

jessupk718 added, “Dwayne is definitely taking this business to higher level of success 🙌🔥

ironpatriot9000 made a great comparison, adding, “The XFL in my opinion, under the Rock it will be the AEW of pro football.
The Hollywood star also shared quite an emotional post when XFL was done with its first week. Seeing DJ work like this to build something that is so close to his heart and his past life is inspirational. Fans and players will hope for more such moments in the future in XFL.


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Written by:

Murtaza Bharmal


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Murtaza Bharmal is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Pursuing an English Literature degree, he is very fond of both storytelling and wrestling promotions. His passion for wrestling started when Randy Orton and John Cena were squaring it off in the ring, but it magnified when Sasha Banks and Bayley put on a masterpiece in NXT.
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