Ryan Broyles reunites with Bob Stoops in XFL

On Tuesday, the XFL held the second day of its 2020 Draft, and a former Oklahoma Sooners star re-entered the football world after being retired for several years.

During the Open Phase portion of the XFL Draft, the Dallas Renegades selected former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who played for the Sooners from 2008 to 2011. He will be reuniting with legendary Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, who now helms the upstart renegades.

Upon drafting Broyles, the team tweeted out a video of Broyles explaining his decision to come out of retirement and strap his helmet back on. Broyles states that it was a difficuly decision for him. Since 2015, Broyles has been building a reputation as a savvy real estate developed, and he's loved sharing what he's learned in that world with others.

"Ultimately, wanted to come out of retirement now, especially with the XFL because it seems like they've got a great platform," Broyles says in the video. "I get to share with various students real estate, how to protect your money, or financial literacy. Growing up, I didn't get the opportunity to learn those things in the household or even school. So I felt like the things I've learned over the last five or six years I could share with people and hopefully make an impact in their lives."

Now that Broyles has a young son, with another child on the way, he wants his kids to see their dad pursue his dream of playing professional football. Broyles is excited for the opportunity to get back on the gridiron once again.

"I'm getting back into football because I love the game," Broyles said. "I've got a little boy of four-years old and another one on the way. Hopefully I can show them what hard work looks like and just continue to chase my dreams and run around again. That's what I'm most excited about."

During his time as a Sooner, Broyles was one of the best receivers in all of college football. For three consecutive years in 2009, 2010, and 2011, he broke the 1,000-yard mark. What makes that streak even more impressive is that he only played in nine games in 2011 due to an injury he suffered against Texas A&M. In his career at Oklahoma, Broyles totaled 349 receptions for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns.

Following his final season in Norman, Broyles was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. After chipping in as a rookie with 22 receptions for 310 yards and two scores, Broyles never managed to stick in the NFL. The Lions released him at the end of the 2015 preseason, and Broyles began his career in real estate.

Broyles will now hope to recapture the magic he had under Stoops at Oklahoma when the Renegades begin their inaugural season in February of 2020.

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