Many former Seahawks will participate in the USFL starting this weekend

Dave Smilo holds his Denver Gold USFL helmet.Michiganpantherreunion5
Dave Smilo holds his Denver Gold USFL helmet.Michiganpantherreunion5 /

The new version of the USFL kicks off on Saturday. One reason to watch is to see how well the many former Seattle Seahawks do.

I mean, don’t get overly excited. It’s not like Marshawn Lynch is going to be playing. But still, there will be football played and that is never a bad thing. And 13 former Seahawks will be participating in the games.

The USFL is doing something interesting. All the regular-season games will be played at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. There will be 10 weeks of a regular season. After that, there will be semi-final playoff games followed by a championship. All the playoff games will be played in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

13 former Seahawks will be playing in the USFL in 2022

The league will have eight teams: Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, New Orleans Breakers, Philadelphia Stars, Pittsburgh Maulers and Tampa Bay Bandits.

The important thing for Seahawks fans, though. is who to watch. There are 13 players who used to either be on Seattle’s practice squad or active roster that are involved with the USFL. And if you are looking for a team to follow, the Michigan Panthers will have the most former Seahawks.

Here is who is playing where:

Michigan Panthers – Quarterback Paxton Lynch, receiver Lance Lenoir, defensive tackle Walter Palmore

Birmingham Stallions – Quarterback Alex McGough, cornerback Bryan Mills

Houston Gamblers – Offensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli, linebacker Azeem Victor

New Jersey Generals – Offensive lineman Terry Poole, safety Shalom Luani

Tampa Bay Bandits – Running back B.J. Emmons, linebacker Emmanuel Beal

Philadelphia Stars – Safety LaDarius Wiley

New Orleans Breakers – Safety Asshari Crosswell

Of the players mentioned above, only Luani and Sokoli played a regular season game for Seattle. Sokoli played only on special teams for a short time. Luani played in 12 games for the Seahawks in 2018 and played 10 defensive snaps and 188 special teams snaps.

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The USFL season starts on Saturday in a game between the New Jersey General and Birmingham Stallions. FOX and NBC is where you can watch the game and the game begins at 4:30 pm PT.