Chris Odom with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL

The USFL: Full Of Gifted Athletes & Superstars

Folks, Christmas is nearly upon us. You know what that means: gifts, upon gifts, upon gifts. Since we’re on the topic, the USFL proved that they possess some of the most gifted athletes in the country. It was a spectacular debut season for the league, as fans were treated to excitement week in and week out.

Spring football is giving us plenty to look forward to. The USFL is currently headed towards a monumental season two – kickoff can’t come fast enough.

While we wait, let’s take a look at some of the USFL’s best athletes from season one.

KaVontae Turpin | New Jersey Generals

Well, this one is obvious. The MVP of the USFL – and now, an NFL Pro-Bowler, KaVontae Turpin. Turpin was electrifying in the USFL during the 2022 season.

At this point, everyone knows just how special Turpin is. He led the USFL in receiving yards, was an All-USFL specialist/WR, and dominated across the board. His sheer explosiveness, paired with sly elusiveness, makes him into a nightmare for any opposing defense.

Due to his sensational performances in the USFL, Turpin landed himself an NFL gig with the Dallas Cowboys. Keep an eye on KaVontae as the Cowboys head towards the postseason.

Reggie Corbin | Michigan Panthers

Reggie Corbin is a beast. He was the heart and soul of Michigan’s offense in 2022. Despite the team struggling to find a way to win, Corbin always put his best foot forward on the field.

Corbin finished the season with 519 rushing yards, and two touchdowns. He also set the USFL record for the longest touchdown of the season: 88 yards. Reggie is such a talented athlete, and the Panthers are lucky to have him on their roster.

Case Cookus | Philadelphia Stars

The Chef is one special dude. Case Cookus was cooking hot for the Philadelphia Stars, leading them to a Championship in their debut season.

What makes Cookus so effective is the efficiency he provides to any team he is a part of. Case was very accurate with the football in the USFL, showcasing exceptional ball placement all over the field. His disposition as a signal caller is immaculate.

When Case is at the helm, Bart Andrus has the full playbook at his disposal. Cookus has signed with the Los Angeles Rams since recovering from his leg injury, and is currently on their practice squad.

Chris Odom | Houston Gamblers

The USFL’s defensive player of the year was something else in 2022. Chris Odom is a freak of nature, absolutely dominating opposing offensive lines all season long. He led the USFL with twelve sacks, putting up ridiculous stat lines every week.

Odom made his presence known across the board. He blocked multiple field goals, forced several fumbles, and created havoc on a consistent basis.

His DPOY outing earned himself a preseason gig with the Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in preseason – but is expected to rejoin the team after he recovers.

Sal Cannella | New Orleans Breakers

Speaking of dominant, Sal Cannella was sensational for New Orleans. He was the best tight end in the league, torching defenses in his sleep. It didn’t matter who was in at quarterback, Cannella was bound to find the football one way or another.

In the semi-finals, Cannella set the league record for most receiving yards in a game, with 135. On top of that, he continued to contribute across the board as a blocker and facilitator.

Cannella had a stint with the Green Bay Packers, but was released just before the NFL season started. Sal will likely play for the Arlington Renegades in the XFL in 2023.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, there were hundreds of outstanding athletes in the USFL. The good news: plenty more will be joining the league for season two!

We can’t wait to see what the USFL accomplishes in 2023 and beyond. As of right now, though, it’s time to open some gifts! Merry Christmas, Newsroom.

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