His spring football stints have led to NFL opportunities with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2022), and most recently, the Las Vegas Raiders. He played in a preseason game with Las Vegas in 2023, totaling one tackle against Dallas.
Doug Costin brings NFL experience to the table, playing in 12 games with the Jaguars in 2019, racking up 32 tackles. Now, he’ll return to Jay Hayes’ defense in the UFL.
OL Haggai Chisom Nbuduisi | San Antonio Brahmas
Haggai Chisom Ndubuisi has had one of the craziest stories you’ll ever hear in spring football. He grew up in Nigeria, not touching American football until he stumbled upon it on Youtube at 18 years old. From there, he began training with some friends, and working out whenever he possibly could.
Newly signed @XFLBrahmas OL, Haggai Chisom Ndubuisi, has had an incredible journey to the #UFL:
– Grew up in Nigeria, decided he wanted to play football at 18 years old
– He started practicing & learning the game despite little support, and was eventually noticed by UpRise… pic.twitter.com/JeiskYwhTY
After a couple years of grinding at his craft, Nbuduisi was spotted by UpRise Academy, who helped connect him to an NFL workout opportunity in London, back in 2021.
Haggai was picked up by the NFL’s IPPP (International Player Pathway Program), and ended up being allocated to the Arizona Cardinals in 2022. He appeared in one game, playing two snaps as an offensive lineman.
In 2023, Nbuduisi signed with the Denver Broncos. Interestingly enough, he played on the defensive line this time around, and posted two tackles. He signed to the team’s practice squad, but did not sign a futures deal, making him a free agent. Now, he’ll look to kickstart his pro career in the UFL with the San Antonio Brahmas.
The Arlington Renegades are slowly but surely filling out their roster, after leaving 15 spots over following the drafts. Arlington currently holds 69 players, with six openings remaining.
On the other hand, the San Antonio Brahmas have well over 90 players rostered that we know of. They will have to cut down quite a few before training camp begins in a few weeks.
What are your thoughts on Doug Costin re-signing to the Renegades? Will Haggai Chisom Ndubuisi make an impact this year? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!